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AAA Predicts Less Travel This Weekend

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AAA Auto Club yesterday projected that there will be nearly one-percent fewer travelers going 50 miles or more away from home for the long holiday weekend ahead.  The Mountain Region meanwhile is predicted to see a 0.6% decline in travel this Memorial Day from the 2012 level. AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet blames the decline on an “up and down economy” and less disposable income for many.  Darbelnet says, “The end of the payroll tax holiday has impacted the take-home pay of virtually every American family; and of course there is the sequester, the effect of which varies by region of the country.  But clearly, overall the uncertainty of our nation’s fiscal policy has a chilling effect on the economy.”   Median spending over the weekend he says will be down as well, dropping from an average of $702 in spending last year to $659 dollars this year.  Among the tips the Auto Club offers for those who do take to the roads to get the most for their money is to visit the national parks.  AAA defines the Memorial Day weekend as the period from today through Monday.

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