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Despite record gas prices, AAA predicts big travel for Memorial Day weekend

Gas prices may be at record highs, but AAA predicts that Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in three years, building on a travel resurgence that began earlier this spring. This year’s forecast marks the second highest single-year increase in travelers since 2010 (2021 was the highest), bringing volumes almost in line with pre-pandemic levels.

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“By the looks of this Memorial Day travel forecast, the summer travel season is off to a sizzlin’ start,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “People are more comfortable traveling now than any other time in the past two years, and travel bookings are a reflection of that. Reservations for flights, hotels, and cruises for Memorial Day weekend are twice as strong as last year’s holiday and that momentum will likely carry into the summer.”

AAA predicts over 803,000 Tennesseans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend.  That’s an 7.4% increase over 2021, bringing travel volumes in line with those from 2017.

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