Lincoln City motel and hotel restaurant and operators and specialty store owners are hopeful for a boost at the off shoulder period with travel anticipated through the Thanksgiving weekend’s report.
The Oregon/Idaho AAA forecasts about 647,000 Oregonians will go across the lake and through the woods.
AAA jobs 50.9 million Americans, or 15.6 percent of the populace, will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. That is a 3.3 percent increase over last year.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday. The 2017 vacation weekend will observe the highest Thanksgiving travel quantity as 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s streets, skies, rails and waterways compared with previous year.
“The most Americans in a couple of years will travel to enjoy turkey and all of the trimmings with loved ones; in fact this is actually the ninth successive year of increase in the amount of Thanksgiving travelers,” AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds stated. “The vast majority will induce, although all types of travel — car, air cruises, buses and trains — are showing increases compared to previous year. Air travel is seeing the largest bump with growth at five per cent over 2016.”
- Maximum Thanksgiving travel quantity as 2005 with nearly 51 million Americans traveling, up 3.3 percent over last year.
- Road trip prepared: 89 percent of all travelers — 45.5 million — are now likely a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent more than last year. Roughly 556,600 will drive.
- Fuller skies: The most significant growth in vacation travel is by air travel, at five per cent, with 3.95 million travelers.
- Cheaper doorstep: Consumers may pay the cheapest typical airfare since 2013.
- Alternative travel: Traveling by trains and other modes (like buses and cruises) is anticipated to grow 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.
- Fueling up: passengers will pay the maximum Thanksgiving gas costs since 2014 with pump costs about 40 cents a gallon more expensive than previous year.
- Holiday high: Car rental daily prices will hit a last-minute vacation high at $70 a day, which could be a result of a rise in domestic demand and price of newer vehicles.
- Heaviest traffic anticipated Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evening. Some highways might observe delays of nearly 300 percent on the trip.
AAA reported labour market and a strong market are creating customer confidence and rising incomes, fueling for the travel industry, which will last in the holiday season.