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Travel Increase Expected for Labor Day Weekend

Local travel is expected to increase slightly during Labor Day weekend, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Monday. About 2.5 million Southern California residents are estimated to take trips, a 1 percent increase compared to last year. That includes 86 percent of local travelers, or 2 million, who are expected to drive to their destinations, plus 347,000 air travelers. Both auto and jet travel will increase about 1 percent from last year. “With Labor Day occurring on its latest possible date of Sept. 7, we were unlikely to see a huge increase in travel compared to last year because most schools will have been in session for at least a week,” Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel products and services, said in a statement. “But dropping gas prices will give those who do travel some more flexibility in their getaway budgets.” Average gas prices are 25 to 30 cents a gallon lower than a year ago, the club said. The top destinations for Southern California travelers, according to a survey of the club’s travel agents, are San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, the Central Coast and the Grand Canyon.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.
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