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AAA forecasts big travel season in Michigan

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MICHIGAN (AP):AAA says more than three million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season.

The projections, released yesterday, are an increase of nearly five per cent from the 2.8 million people who travelled last year during that time. The auto club says that's the highest travel volume for the period since 2006. The holiday travel period runs December 23 through January 4.

Nearly 91 per cent of Michigan travellers are expected to go by personal vehicle. That comes as Michigan gas prices are more than 70 cents per gallon lower than the same time last year, averaging about $2.42 per gallon. AAA says that's the lowest level in more than five years.

AAA Michigan spokeswoman Susan Hiltz says in a statement that "continued growth in consumer confidence and disposable income, an extended holiday period and low gas prices should drive expected travel volumes ... during the year-end holidays."

AAA says air travel is forecast to grow 1.6 per cent from 2013.