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Nearly 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel for Thanksgiving

Times Staff
Published: November 16, 2017 Updated: November 16, 2017 at 04:02 PM
Nearly 2.6 million Floridians are expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. | [Times file photo]

TAMPA Thanksgiving is predicted to bring out the highest number of travelers since 2005. According to AAA, The Auto Club Group, 50.9 million Americans 3.3 percent more than 2016 are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, including 2.6 million Floridians, up 3.2 percent from last year.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence. These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel," said Vicky Evans, an assistant vice president at AAA, in a release.

Going into the holiday, gas on Thanksgiving Day is still expected to be the most expensive since 2014. Gas in Tampa Bay averaged $2.50 per gallon Thursday.