More Californians Expected to Stay Home for the Holidays
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
More Californians will apparently be staying home for the holidays. Cynthia Harris at the Triple-A says about 8.6 million Californians will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday season. That's about a two percent drop from last year. Harris says it's an on-going trend.
Harris: Definitely people have cut back on their travel plans and we have seen this consistently throughout this year. Since the first major holiday - Memorial day weekend - we have had a decrease in travelers and this is the first time in a decade that this has happened.
Harris says people are concerned about the economic slowdown - and that's causing them to either stay home - or to travel shorter distances.
Harris says the biggest drop is in airline travel. She says 6.7 percent fewer people will fly than last year.
However, Triple-A reports that plane ticket prices are down about nine percent from 2007 - and hotel prices are down as well.