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MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL TO HIT 8-YEAR HIGH, AAA ESTIMATES

 MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL TO HIT 8-YEAR HIGH, AAA ESTIMATES
 ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of Americans expected to travel the Memorial Day weekend will be at its highest level in at least eight years, the American Automobile Association reported today.
 AAA said approximately 27.4 million people will take a trip 100 miles or more from home this holiday, up 4.6 percent from the 26.2 million travelers last year.
 An estimated 25.2 million people will travel by motor vehicle, compared to 24.2 million during the 1991 Memorial Day period. Another 2.2 million travelers will go by air, train or bus, compared to 2 million a year ago.
 Research data for Memorial Day travel is based on a national telephone survey of 1,500 adults by the U.S. Travel Data Center, which conducts special research for AAA.
 Heaviest motor vehicle holiday travel will be in the West, where 5.5 million people plan to take a trip, followed by the Southeast, with 5.4 million; Great Lakes, 5.0 million; Midwest, 4.9 million; and Northeast, 4.4 million.
 Twenty-five percent of holiday vacationers will visit towns or rural areas and 22 percent will go to the beach. Other destinations include: city, 21 percent; lake area, 11 percent; mountain area, 8 percent; theme or amusement park, 6 percent; state or national park, 5 percent; undecided, 2 percent.
 Of those spending at least one night at their destination, 39 percent will stay at a hotel or motel; 30 percent will visit family or friends; 15 percent will use a recreational vehicle or tent; 10 percent will stay in their own or a rented vacation home; 1 percent will be on a boat; 5 percent are undecided or won't stay overnight.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 145 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 33 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto- related services.
 The Data Center is a national not-for-profit center for travel and tourism research.
 PROJECTED NUMBER OF MEMORIAL DAY, 1992 TRAVELERS
 BY AUTOMOBILE/TRUCK/RV
 BY CENSUS REGION OF RESIDENCE (A)
 POPULATION PERCENT NO. TRAVELERS
 (MILLIONS) TRAVELING (MILLIONS)
 TOTAL U.S. 248.7 11 pct. 25.2
 NORTHEAST 50.8 9 pct. 4.4
 SOUTHEAST 58.7 9 pct. 5.4
 GREAT LAKES 42.0 12 pct. 5.0
 MIDWEST 44.4 11 pct. 4.9
 WEST 52.8 10 pct. 5.5
 (A) -- NORTHEAST: New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont; Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania; SOUTHEAST: South Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia; East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee; GREAT LAKES: East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin; MIDWEST: West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota; West South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas; WEST: Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah; Pacific: Washington, Oregon, California. SOURCE: U.S. Travel Data Center, American Automobile Association.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/ CO: American Automobile Association ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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