AAA: 2.4 Million Texans To Travel Labor Day Weekend

Millions of Texans are pushing ahead with travel plans this Labor Day weekend, despite the storm in the Gulf of Mexico.


This year AAA forecasts 2.4 million Texans will leave home to celebrate the Labor Day holiday weekend, an increase of more than 4% over last year. Labor Day travel is defined as round trips of 50 miles or more away from home between this Thursday and Monday, September 3.

Doug Shupe is a spokesman for AAA Texas.

“Despite the sluggish economy and the recent rises in gas prices, the increase in Labor Day travel is a result of improving consumer confidence compared to one year ago and also people’s unwavering desire to travel. They still want to spend this quality time with friends and family and get this last trip in before it’s time for the kids to go back to school and really buckle down and start studying.”

Shupe says that, while it’s challenging to predict the impact Isaac may have on Labor Day travel plans, tropical storms and hurricanes typically do not negatively influence travel in areas where the storm is not headed.

Texas travelers plan to log an average of nearly 600 miles round-trip this holiday weekend. The vast majority of those will be traveling by car.



Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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