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Millions Expected to Travel this Holiday Season

December 24th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Nearly 2.2 million Marylanders are expected to travel this holiday season — which would represent a new record, despite being the smallest annual growth rate since 2011, according to a new report from AAA Mid-Atlantic. The report, released this month, attributes the numbers to low gas prices and an improving economy, as well as back-to-back three-day weekends, with Christmas and New Year's Day falling on Fridays. More than 100 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from Dec. 23 to Jan. 3, up 1.4 percent from last year according to the AAA estimates, put together by consulting firm IHS Global Insight based on economic data and surveys. The firm is predicting a seventh consecutive year of increases for Maryland and the nation. Christine Delise with AAA says in addition to the unseasonably warm weather, there are several reasons  for the slight spike in holiday travel numbers this year…


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