MIAMI, Florida – More than 53.4 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, which will be celebrated on November 25, a figure that represents a 13% increase over the previous year and it is approaching “pre-pandemic levels,” according to the American Motor Vehicle Association (AAA).
The expected figure is 5% less than in 2019, when a total of 56 million travelers were registered on that same date and represents an increase compared to the 47.1 million in 2020, the year of the pandemic and movement restrictions, according to the records of the AAA, the largest organization of US motorists
The association, which even warns of the possibility of congested roads In the upcoming holidays, it indicates that of the total forecast for 2021, some 4.2 million travelers will do so by air, a figure that represents a significant increase of 80% in relation to the previous year.
“Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines have been put in place, travel is once again high on the list of Americans ready to reunite with loved ones on vacation, ”said Paula Twidale, AAA Vice President of Travel.
Orland, Florida, a preferred destination for travelers
As for destinations, domestically, Orlando, in central Florida, is located at the top of the preferences of travelers, followed by Anaheim, in California, while the beaches of Cancun (Mexico) and Montego Bay (Jamaica), in that order, lead the table of international destinations.
The association highlights in a statement that “this year’s forecast marks the highest annual increase in travelers on Thanksgiving Day since 2005,” in which it is an upward trend that has been observed since the summer months.
The United States lifted restrictions on tourist travel at airports and land borders since Monday, a measure that has been in force for 19 months for “non-essential travel” and that on this first day of opening returned the airports to their usual bustle.
The US air closure affected 33 countries -including the 26 of the Schengen area and such lucrative markets as China, India and Brazil– which represent only 17% of countries in the world but represent 53% of all the visitors that the United States receives.
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