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Retailers Prepare for Near-Record Memorial Day Travel

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Approximately 43.8 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the 2024 Memorial Day holiday travel period, according to a new forecast from AAA. 

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This is a 4% increase over last year’s numbers and comes close to matching 2005’s record of 44 million travelers. 

“We haven’t seen Memorial Day weekend travel numbers like these in almost 20 years,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “We’re projecting an additional 1 million travelers this holiday weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we’re exceeding pre-pandemic levels but also signals a very busy summer travel season ahead.”

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