Record number expected to travel over Year-end holidays

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OKLAHOMA – According to AAA Oklahoma, More sleigh bells than ever will be ringing this year over Christmas and New Year’s, according to AAA, as a record 94.5 million Americans – including 862,000 Oklahomans, also a record – are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home.

“We think the high number of Oklahomans traveling, a one percent increase over last year, reflects the state’s solid economy,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Disposable income, the real gross state product and new home prices are up, while pump prices are falling.”

 Nationwide, the number of year-end holiday travelers, 94.5 million, is an increase of 0.6 percent from the 94 million people who traveled last year. As in Oklahoma, this upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of rising travel volumes and the highest ever for the season. AAA defines the year-end holiday period as running from Saturday, Dec. 21 to Wednesday, Jan. 1.