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SLUGGISH ECONOMY BLAMED BY AAA FOR EXPECTED DROP IN HOLIDAY AUTO TRAVEL

SLUGGISH ECONOMY BLAMED BY AAA FOR EXPECTED DROP IN HOLIDAY AUTO TRAVEL
 ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Significantly lower gasoline prices will not boost Thanksgiving holiday auto travel this year because a sluggish economy will keep more Americans home than a year ago, the American Automobile Association said today.
 AAA said travel by auto, light truck or recreational vehicle will be down 4 percent over the 1990 Thanksgiving period despite a 23-cent decline in the average price of gasoline.
 Approximately 19.5 million Americans will travel 100 miles or more from home this holiday compared to 20.4 million a year ago when self-serve regular unleaded gasoline averaged $1.359 per gallon.
 The motoring federation estimates that 4.5 million holiday vacationers will travel by air and other modes of transportation, up 2 percent over last Thanksgiving. Airline travel was hindered last year by the Middle East crisis, AAA said.
 The travel projections are based on a national probability survey of 1,500 adults by the U.S. Travel Data Center, which does research for AAA.
 Regions of the country expected to produce the greatest number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers by motor vehicle are the Southeast, where 4.6 million persons plan to travel, and the West, where 4.5 million persons are planning a trip.
 Of those traveling this holiday, 39 percent plan to visit a city and 34 percent will visit a town or rural area. Other destinations include: ocean or beach, 12 percent; mountain area, 8 percent; lake area, 3 percent; state/national park, 3 percent; other, 1 percent.
 An overnight stay at a friend or relative's house is planned by 60 percent of travelers while 25 percent will stay at a hotel/motel. Other planned accommodations are: Cabin/condo, 5 percent; camping vehicle/tent, 4 percent; other, 3 percent; don't know, 3 percent.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 147 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its nearly 33 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
 PROJECTED NUMBER OF THANKSGIVING, 1991 TRAVELERS
 BY AUTOMOBILE/TRUCK/RV
 BY CENSUS REGION OF RESIDENCE (A)
 Population Percent No. Travelers
 (Millions) Traveling (Millions)
 TOTAL U.S. 248.7 8 pct. 19.5
 NORTHEAST 50.8 6 pct. 3.2
 SOUTHEAST 58.7 8 pct. 4.6
 GREAT LAKES 42.0 7 pct. 3.1
 MIDWEST 44.4 9 pct. 4.1
 WEST 52.8 9 pct. 4.5
 (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.
 -0- 11/20/91
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/ CO: American Automobile Association ST: Florida IN: SU: ECO MR-AW -- FL004 -- 5242 11/20/91 08:31 EST
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