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TENNESSEE PROJECTED TO SEE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THANKSGIVING TRAVEL
Overall, Tennessee is projected to see an 11.7% increase in total travel with more than 950,000 travelers
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2010) — Thanksgiving travel in the state of Tennessee is projected to increase 11.7 percent this year from 2009, with more than 950,000 Tennessee residents taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 28. Overall, travel in the U.S. is projected to increase 11.4 percent from last year, with more than 42.2 million travelers.
Thanksgiving travel is mostly comprised of auto travelers, with more than 927,000 Tennesseans traveling by automobile, an increase of 12 percent from last year. AAA expects the average price of regular retail gasoline in Tennessee to be between $2.70 and $2.80 per gallon during the holiday weekend, respectively. Air travel is expected to increase by 3.4 percent in the state however travel by other modes is projected to decrease by 0.2 percent.
Median spending and average distance traveled remain relatively unchanged
Airfare, hotel rates increase; car rental rates decrease compared to last year
AAA Offers Travelers a Variety of Trip Planning Tools Including:
Free printed TourBook guides and maps for members
The online TripTik® Travel Planner, available free to all travelers at AAA.com
Three free mobile applications that offer on-the-go access to AAA travel information and services:
AAA TripTik Mobile iPhone app provides updated gas prices, maps and direction functionality, with information on AAA Approved hotels, restaurants and attractions.
AAA Roadside iPhone app, offers AAA members requiring emergency road service the ability to quickly send their location, vehicle description and specific breakdown details directly to AAA without placing a phone call.
AAA Discounts iPhone app, which has been downloaded more than 900,000 times, uses GPS technology to identify a user’s location and displays nearby businesses that offer members AAA Show Your Card & Save® discounts. A version of the AAA Discounts app is also available for Android-platform smartphones.
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