More Ohioans planning Labor Day getaways


COLUMBUS — More Ohioans are planning Labor Day getaways this year, according to AAA Ohio booking data. The number of Ohioans departing during the Labor Day holiday period, Thursday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept.3, will be 8.2 percent higher than last year.

“More Ohioans will be wrapping up this busy summer travel season with quick weekend getaways and some longer vacations,” said Zach Fisher, director, Travel Sales for AAA Ohio Auto Club. “This will make for some crowded airports and roadways, so if you’re traveling this holiday, make sure you plan ahead and pack your patience.”

Longer, More Expensive Getaways

Travelers will be soaking up every minute of the five-day holiday period, and some even taking extended vacations. On average, Ohioans plan on spending nearly 6 days on vacation this year, which is on par with the 2017 Labor Day weekend.

However, Ohio travelers will be spending more money on their Labor Day trips. Based on the average spend per booking, travelers will spend nearly 6.2% percent more in 2018 than during the 2017 holiday period.

Labor Day Drive Trips

Despite higher gas prices, the majority of Labor Day travelers will drive to their destinations this weekend. Historical data shows about 85 percent of Labor Day weekend travelers drive to their destination. With most schools back in session, most holiday road trips will take place within Ohio or along the East Coast.

“We’re seeing a lot of trips to Sandusky, Ohio, which means Cedar Point, and to Cincinnati to King’s Island,” said Bill Nicol, director, Auto Travel Services for AAA Ohio Auto Club.

Other poplar Labor Day road trip destinations for Ohio travelers include: Nashville, Tennesseel Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Hilton Head Island, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.

Ten Labor Day Hot Spots

Those taking larger trips will be traveling to destinations across the U.S. and abroad. Overall, AAA Ohio booking data shows the top 10 destinations for those departing during Labor Day weekend include: Florida, New York City, cruises to the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Ireland, Seattle, Canada, Dominican Republic, France and Chicago.

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Staff report