Labor Day Travel Expected To Increase

August 27th, 2010 by Mariah

NBC — In the air and on the highways, more Americans are expected to head out for holiday travel over Labor Day weekend with increases in all modes of transportation.

Projections are that 35 million travelers will take a trip at least 50 miles from home.

It’s about four million more travelers than last Labor Day.

Despite mixed economic news, the U.S. travel industry began to gain strength the end of last year and the momentum has continued.

AAA says more than 90% will travel in cars.

Only five percent will travel by plane, but it’s still an increase over last year despite fare increases.

“While there are higher airfares this summer and as we go into Labor Day weekend, travelers are able to offset those higher airfare costs with the tremendous savings they are going to find on hotels,” said Jeannene Tornatore, Orbitz senior editor.

Some of the best deals are in big cities and top destination sites.

Orbitz says its most popular destination for Labor Day this year is Las Vegas, followed by New York, Chicago, Denver, and Seattle.

It’s a chance for one last blast of summer, before the new season.

The Labor Day holiday travel period begins Thursday, September 2nd to Monday September 6th.