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4TH STRAIGHT INCREASE EXPECTED IN JULY 4TH TRAVEL, AAA SAYS

 ORLANDO, Fla., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of July 4th holiday travelers will increase for the fourth straight year, with 30.9 million expected to drive 100 miles or more from home this holiday weekend, according to the American Automobile Association.
 Another 3.4 million Americans will travel by airplane, train or bus, down 8 percent from last year when significantly lower airfares encouraged more travelers to fly.
 Auto travel will be up 4 percent over 1992 and 55 percent above 1990, when 20 million drivers took to the nation's roads over the mid- week holiday.
 These projections are based on a national probability survey of 1,500 adults by the U.S. Travel Data Center, which conducts special research for AAA.
 Heaviest motor vehicle travel will be in the West, with 7 million people expected on the roads. The next busiest region will be Southeast, with 6.7 million travelers, followed by the Northeast with 5.9 million, Great Lakes with 5.8 million and the Midwest with 5.5 million.
 The most popular July 4th destination will be a city, where 25 percent of this year's travelers expect to visit, followed by a trip to an ocean/beach, 22 percent; town/rural area, 18 percent; mountain area, 11 percent; state/national park, 9 percent; lake, 8 percent; theme/amusement park, 3 percent; and other, 1 percent. Three percent are undecided.
 The number of holiday travelers planning a hotel or motel stay jumped to 43 percent this year, compared to 37 percent a year ago. Twenty-five percent of travelers intend to stay with friends and relatives, down from 33 percent in
1992. Travelers also will stay in a camper/trailer/RV/tent, 17 percent; cabin/condo/vacation home, 7 percent; bed and breakfast, 1 percent; on a boat/ship, 1 percent; and other, 1 percent. Five percent aren't staying overnight or don't know.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 34 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
 PROJECTED NUMBER OF JULY 4TH, 1993 TRAVELERS
 BY AUTOMOBILE/TRUCK/RV
 BY CENSUS REGION OF RESIDENCE(A)
 Population Percent No. Travelers Pct. Change
 (millions) Traveling (millions) 1993/92
 Total U.S. 255.1 12 pct. 30.9 4 pct.
 Northeast 51.1 11 pct. 5.9 5 pct.
 Southeast 60.6 11 pct. 6.7 0 pct.
 Great Lakes 42.8 13 pct. 5.8 2 pct.
 Midwest 45.5 12 pct. 5.5 8 pct.
 West 55.1 13 pct. 7.0 4 pct.
 (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
 -0- 6/24/93
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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