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Hawai‘i Among Top 10 Thanksgiving Destinations

November 9, 2018, 8:36 AM HST (Updated November 9, 2018, 8:36 AM)
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AAA Hawaiʻi reports that 54 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving, and Honolulu is among their 10 top destinations.

The list includes iconic cities, theme parks and warm-weather destinations.

The list, topped by 1. Orlando, Florida; 2. New York City and 3. Anaheim, California, was based on AAA’s online and travel agency air and tour bookings. Honolulu was No. 8 on the list.

Other locations on the list were 4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; 5. Las Vegas, Nevada; 6. Cancun, Mexico; 7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; 9. Washington, DC; and 10. Miami, Florida.

AAA Hawaiʻi said the vast majority of travelers will get to their destination by car this Thanksgiving; AAA expects to rescue more than 1,200 motorists at the roadside over the holiday travel period.

Gas prices will be higher during this holiday. Hawaiʻi residents are paying about $3.92 a gallon ($4.05 on the Big Island, according to the latest weekly report) for fuel on average—about the same level as during Thanksgiving season in 2014, which is the last time prices were this high.

On the mainland, motorists are also paying the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years; however, as with higher airfares, consumers are not letting the higher cost deter them from their holiday trips.

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No matter when drivers leave for their holiday trips, AAA Hawaiʻi is reminding drivers: “Don’t Drive Intoxicated.”

“An increase in traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday requires extra focus on the road ahead and we want drivers to remember texting while driving could lead to the same deadly consequences as alcohol-impaired driving,” said Liane Sumida, AAA Hawaiʻi general manager.

By the Numbers: 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast

Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers—48.5 million—will hit the road this Thanksgiving, nearly 5% more than last year.

Planes: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air, at 5.4%, with 4.27 million travelers.

Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 1.4%, with a total 1.48 million passengers.

“Even with an average 5% increase in Thanksgiving holiday airfares over last year, consumer confidence has continued to increase demand for air-travel destinations,” said Sumida.

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