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SUMMER TRAVEL TO REBOUND AND TIE RECORD 1990 LEVEL

 SUMMER TRAVEL TO REBOUND AND TIE RECORD 1990 LEVEL
 WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The summer travel season will


rebound strongly from last year's decline to the record level reached before the recession and Gulf conflict, the U.S. Travel Data Center and the American Automobile Association said today.
 Vacation travel will be up 4 percent over last year as Americans take 326 million person-trips, the same number as in 1990, according to the Data Center's annual Summer Vacation Travel Forecast. (A person-trip is one person traveling 100 miles or more away from home.)
 Following a drop of nearly 11 million person-trips a year ago, auto vacation travel will increase more than 4 percent to the 1990 record total of 268 million person-trips.
 Auto travel will account for 82 percent of all vacation trips, the same as the previous two summers.
 A survey of AAA clubs serving one-half of the federation's more than 33 million members shows a noteworthy increase in advance summer vacation planning, up 7 percent from a year ago.
 "The fact that travelers are planning well in advance of vacation trips is a very positive sign for the economy and the travel industry," said Thomas R. Crosby, managing director of AAA National Travel.
 "Last summer, many Americans were more interested in the uncertain economy and depressed job market than in travel. So, they either stayed home or took scaled-back vacations on the spur of the moment," explained Suzanne Cook, executive director of the Data Center.
 The Southeast will be the favored auto travel destination of 29 percent of those traveling this summer, followed by the Midwest, 25 percent; West, 19 percent; Northeast, 13 percent; and the Great Lakes, 10 percent. Four percent of auto travelers will visit Canada or Mexico.
 AAA's survey shows the most popular summer destinations will be Orlando, Fla.; Southern California; Williamsburg, Va.; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming; Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; and Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.
 In general, travelers will take trips of short duration, spend about the same amount of money as last summer, visit family or friends and look for discounts on everything from hotel rooms to amusements.
 Specifically, the Data Center's travel forecast shows:
 -- More than one-half of all summer vacation trips will be for three nights or less.
 -- Fifty-six percent of vacationers are budgeting the same amount for summer travel; nearly one-quarter intend to spend more than last year.
 -- Visits to family or friends -- 39 percent -- will account for the largest number of trips, with entertainment the major reason for 33 percent of travelers.
 -- Fifty-three percent of travelers who plan to economize this summer said they will control costs by visiting attractions that are free or less expensive.
 This is the third consecutive year the Data Center and AAA have held a joint news conference to announce their summer travel projections. Prior to Washington, D.C., the event was held in 1991 in Atlanta, and in 1990 in Orlando, Fla.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: To obtain a media kit from the 1992 Summer Vacation Travel/Memorial Day Forecasts news conference, contact Jerry Cheske, AAA, 407-444-8000 or Joe Horak, Data Center, 202-293-1040/
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000; or Joe Horak of the U.S. Travel Data Center, 202-293-1040/ CO: American Automobile Association; U.S. Travel Data Center ST: Florida IN: LEI SU: ECO


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