AAA: More than 1.6 million Michiganders will celebrate Thanksgiving with holiday getaway

DEARBORN, MICH. - AAA projects more than 1.6 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday.

This represents the most travelers since 2007 and a nearly 3.5 percent increase over last year. This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan as more people take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence.

"These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year.”

The vast majority—nearly 90 percent—of Michigan holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving.

The 1.46 million Michiganders planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents a 3.3 percent increase over last year. Air travel is expected to increase about 6 percent, with over 128,000 Michiganders flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation will increase about 1.2 percent this Thanksgiving in the Great Lake State, with over 45,000 travelers choosing cruises, trains and buses as their mode of travel.

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