The poll from the AAA auto club finds an unexpected 2% drop in
the number of Californians intending to travel 50-miles or more
over the holiday.
"It's not that alarming, but yes it was sort of a surprise
to see a decrease of 2% in travel."
AAA's Cynthia Harris says it's a surprise because it's the
first time in nearly four years that holiday travel numbers are
Harris says 3.5 million Californians plan to drive - the same
number as last year. But there's a 12.5% drop in the number of
"…and you can attribute that to higher airfares, the fact
that just several months ago we had the threat of less aircraft
flying because of the air controller cutback."
The survey also found a 14.3% drop in the number of people
traveling by train, bus or boat.
Harris says the three day holiday marks the start of the
summer travel season.
"This gives the hotel industry, the tourism industry, a view of
what they can expect for the rest of the year. Now we are showing a
decrease so this could mean that for 4th of July we will
show a decrease as well, but not necessarily."
Harris says the overall dip in holiday travel shows Californians
are still cautious about the gradual economic recovery.