If you’re planning on getting out of town for the Labor Day weekend, you’re probably spending a few hundred dollars, according to a new survey.
The U.S. Travel Association projects that travelers will spend an average of $380 on goods and services for their long weekend trips. Based on AAA’s projection of 35.5 million Americans will travel on Labor Day weekend, U.S. Travel said travelers will spend a total estimate of $13.5 billion.
For travelers driving to their weekend destination, U.S. Travel expects they will spend an average of $270, an increase of 0.5 percent over 2014. Those who are flying will spend an average of $1,090, up 4.9 percent from last year.
However, 8.7 percent of travelers are staying fewer days at their destination and 9.1 percent are traveling shorter distances due to road congestion and flying issues.
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“We’ve seen time and again that travel dollars are among the most economically stimulating, job-creating dollars there are,” said U.S. Travel chief executive Roger Dow. “The lack of a long-term strategy for our highways and air travel system has created the perception for many that they’re better off staying home.”