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More in Carolinas to travel over Memorial weekend

May 26, 2010 8:44:00 AM - thestate.com
Expect to see a little more traffic in roads around the Carolinas this holiday weekend.

An estimated 380,000 South Carolinians and 775,000 North Carolinians should drive for Memorial Day weekend trips — up 3 percent from last year, AAA Carolinas reported today.

That is not as high as AAA’s forecast gain nationwide of 5.3 percent. And spending for what is considered the kick off the summer travel season could drop by about $250 — or nearly 25 percent — from a year ago.

Carolinas travel is up with falling gas prices and falling unemployment rates, AAA said. Gas prices have fallen nearly a dime a gallon in the past week across South Carolina, though they are 35 cents more than a year ago.

Carolinas hotel bookings are up 9 percent over a year ago, while AAA Carolina members have requested 18 percent more trip maps.

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