(National Sentinel) Economics & Attitude: Some 51 million Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the most in a dozen years and another anecdotal sign that the economy — and attitudes about the economy in the Trump era — are both improving.
“50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year,” the organization said in a news release on its website.
AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, also forecast that congestion in the biggest cities will also be more dense, adding about three additional hours to travel times over the optimal time.
Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing.
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“A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season,” he added.
The Thanksgiving travel season falls between Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.
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