Arizonans leaving town for holiday, but spending less
This Fourth of July will be one of the biggest travel holidays for Arizonans in 2012.
Triple A-Arizona expects over 800,000 people will be going out of town this year, five percent more than last year.
But Triple-A's Michelle Donati said spending by Arizona families has gone down dramatically.
"In 2011, the average Arizonan spent just over $1,000 over the Independence Day holiday," she said. "That has dropped by more than 35 percent this year. This year, the average Arizonan will spend about $650."
Donati said that many Arizonans are taking advantage of local hotels offering "staycation" deals and that is keeping spending a bit lower.
Arizonans traveling by air this year increased over nine percent from 2011, while the average car rate rental decreased nine percent from 2011 compared to 2012.
Martha Maurer, News Editor