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SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON TO END ON STRONG NOTE DUE TO HEAVIEST LABOR DAY PERIOD IN NINE YEARS

 ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans are expected to close out the summer travel season with the heaviest Labor Day travel in at least nine years, according to the American Automobile Association.
 AAA estimates 29.9 million travelers will vacation 100 miles or more from home by motor vehicle, up 6 percent from a year ago.
 Another 3.3 million are expected to take a trip by airplane, train or bus as compared to the 3.7 million who took advantage of last summer's great airfare war to travel over the Labor Day weekend.
 Research data for Labor Day is based on a national telephone survey of 1,500 adults by the U.S. Travel Data Center, which conducts special research for AAA.
 Auto travel will be heaviest in the Northeast, where 7.5 million people will take a trip, followed by the West, with 7 million; Southeast, 6.4 million; Great Lakes 5.4 million; and the Midwest, 3.6 million.
 The Midwest is the only region where travel is expected to be lower than a year ago, down 3 percent from last Labor Day weekend.
 The most popular Labor Day destination will be the ocean or beach, where 28 percent of travelers expect to visit, followed by a trip to a city, 23 percent; town or rural area, 20 percent; mountain or lake areas, 8 percent each; theme/amusement park, 5 percent; state/national park, 2 percent; and other/undecided, 6 percent.
 Of those spending at least one night at their destination, 42 percent plan to stay in a hotel or motel; 30 percent in a friend's/relative's home; 9 percent in a camper/trailer/RV or tent; 8 percent, cabin/condo; 2 percent, boat/ship. Nine percent aren't staying overnight or don't know.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 138 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 34.5 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
 PROJECTED NUMBER OF LABOR DAY, 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. 29.9 6 pct.
 NORTHEAST 51.1 15 pct. 7.5 7 pct.
 SOUTHEAST 60.6 11 pct. 6.4 16 pct.
 GREAT LAKES 42.8 13 pct. 5.4 12 pct.
 MIDWEST 45.5 8 pct. 3.6 - 3 pct.
 WEST 55.1 13 pct. 7.0 1 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- 8/24/93
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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