• AAA and IHS Global predict that 38.4 million domestic travelers will take to the roads, airways and rails this Thanksgiving travel period, an increase of 1.4 percent over 2008.
• Those 38.4 million travelers represent 12.6 percent of the total U.S. population.
• The highest year for domestic travel this decade was 2000, with 58.6 million domestic travelers, followed by 50.6 million in 2007.
• Regional travel-growth rates are expected to be as low as 0.3 percent in the Mountain region, ranging to above 8.0 percent for both the New England and Pacific regions.
• Automobile is the dominant mode of transportation for the Thanksgiving holiday, accounting for 86 percent, or 33.2 million travelers.
• With airfare prices rapidly increasing, air travel is expected to decline sharply from last year, accounting for just 6 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers.
• After travel in New England trenched in 2008, a recovery of 8.8 percent growth is expected for 2009 based on the region's slightly lower unemployment rate relative to the nation and the improving labor markets in all six states.
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