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Labor Day travelers estimated to spend $13.5 billion on trips

Labor Day travelers expected to spend an average of $380 on goods and services for their holiday weekend trip, a new survey says. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)
Labor Day travelers expected to spend an average of $380 on goods and services for their holiday weekend trip, a new survey says. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner) Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner

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.

“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.”

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