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Summer Travel Expected to Increase

May 15, 2003

Summer Travel Expected to Increase
In a study issued by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) yesterday, the organization projected Americans will take 275.4 million leisure trips this summer, an increase of 2.5 percent from June, July and August 2002.

The projections also indicate Americans are expected to spend an average of 7.9 nights on their longest leisure trip, down slightly from last year. Vacationers also are continuing to manage their financial situation, spending an average of $1,055 on their longest trip, a decrease of 9 percent from 2002.

Seventy-two percent of travelers will spend their longest summer vacation outside of their home state, while only about 26 percent will stay within their state.

TIA’s survey results are based on a representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adult travelers who were interviewed by telephone.

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