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35 million traveling for Labor Day, highest since recession driven decline

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:58

Nearly 35 million people are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, says AAA, the highest volume since 2008. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Beachgoers in the resort town of Ocean City, Maryland are taking in the last bits of summer on this Labor Day weekend. They're among some 35 million people nationwide expected to travel this weekend, according to figures from triple-A. SOUNDBITE: MARYLAND BEACHGOER SAYING: "We just came down for our last hurrah in Ocean City, Maryland to enjoy these free beaches, let the kids play in the sand and enjoy the water." Gas prices are down and consumer spending is surpassing income growth, says AAA. All of which helped make this the highest volume of Labor Day travel since 2008, before a travel decline driven by the recession. In San Diego, visitors came for the "U.S. Open of Sand Sculpting" where the creator of one of these amazing sand sculptures gets a chance to win the $60,000 grand prize. SOUNDBITE: GARY GURIAN, BEACHGOER, SAYING: "There's so many people down here just having a great time. It's 80-degrees in San Diego and who wouldn't want to be here right now. " The perfect chance to catch some art...while catching the last hurrah of summer.

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35 million traveling for Labor Day, highest since recession driven decline

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:58