Good news for the State’s tourism industry: More Marylanders are expected to hit the roads this weekend, AAA Mid-Atlantic announced Tuesday.
Nearly 728,000 Marylanders will travel at least 50 miles away from home this Labor Day holiday, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates. That is a 1.2 percent increase from 2013 and the third-highest travel volume on record for the Labor Day holiday.
According to Ragina Cooper-Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, the projected traffic increase reflects “Marylanders’ enthusiasm for travel.”
“This is the second consecutive Labor Day holiday that Maryland’s travel volume exceeds 700,000 residents following four years of figures in the 600,000 range from 2009 to 2012, during the recession and recovery years,” Cooper-Averella said in a statement.
Travelers will benefit from lower prices at the pump. At $3.40, Maryland’s average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline is 18 cents less than a month ago and 15 cents less than last year.
The Labor Day forecast follows a summertime trend. Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday travel projections increased by 1.7 percent and 1.6 percent respectively, AAA Mid-Atlantic reports.