Roundup: Over 37 million Americans to travel for Memorial Day weekend as tourism picks up

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Xinhua) — More than 37 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend as U.S. tourism substantially picks up after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, an increase of 60 percent from last year when only 23 million traveled, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The expected strong increase in demand from last year’s holiday, which fell during the early phase of the pandemic, still represents 13 percent, or nearly 6 million, fewer travelers than the Memorial Day holiday in 2019, the AAA said.

AAA booking data also reveal that domestic travel and road trips remain the biggest drivers of travel recovery in the near term, with Orlando and Las Vegas as the top Memorial Day destinations this year.

“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong…

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