Posted: Thursday, May 8th 2014 at 2:47pm
New AAA survey projects increase in summer travel; 81% of Georgians planning a trip
TAMPA, Fla. ─ The majority of Georgia residents (81%) plan on taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a two percent increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans.
“This marks the third consecutive year that AAA data shows a steady summer travel season in Georgia —a positive sign for the travel industry,” said Jessica Brady, AAA Travel, The Auto Club Group. “Although theme parks, beach getaways, and city destinations top 2014’s summer travel list, the majority of people haven’t finalized their vacation plans.
“Travelers who wait until the last minute to book their hotel, rental car, or airline ticket can expect to pay more than if they book weeks in advance. Just as travel demand is expected to increase this summer, the cost to vacation could also rise if you do not have a plan,” Brady added.
The majority of travelers (60%) plan to spend $1,500 or less on travel in the next three months. More than half (59%) will pay for a hotel during a summer vacation, while 35 percent will cut costs by staying with family and friends.
Although only 29 percent plan to rent a car this summer, two-thirds of travelers (66%) plan to drive at least five hours to get to their destination or for sightseeing.
“Road trips are popular for Georgia residents because beaches and theme parks are typically within a one day drive,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gasoline prices are beginning to let up just in time for the busy summer driving season. Pump prices are not expected to have a negative impact on travel plans.”
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