Southland residents expected to be traveling this yule
December 30, 2013 by Mark
Forecasts from the Automobile Club of Southern California are that record numbers of people from Gardena and other areas in the south of the state have clocked up the miles during the holiday period.
Just prior to the period commencing, the group estimated that 0.5% more people in the area than last year would be traveling at least 50 miles between December 21 and New Year’s Day – the total number of people from Southland doing this coming in at 7.3m.
Not surprisingly, car journeys will account for the vast majority of these trips. An overwhelming 89% of those traveling are expected to use the car, which is 1.1% more than in 2012. The number of SoCal travelers flying elsewhere for the festive period is going to be down 2.6%, however, according to the Automobile Club’s estimates.
Las Vegas was expected be the favored getaway spot for people in the area this Christmas, although California locations like San Diego and San Francisco were also tipped to see high volumes of festive fleers from the southern part of the state.
Despite the anticipated downturn in the number of flyers, not just in Southland but in California overall, officials from Los Angeles International Airport still expected to transport 2.6m people over the period, which would be 0.2m more than took to the skies during the same spell 12 months ago.
With increasing numbers of people from the area seemingly looking to spend Christmas and New Year elsewhere, it suggests that Southern California could be an area worth targeting for those in the tourism industry in other parts of the country, perhaps with help from flyer and brochure printers.