Survey shows 37 million likely to travel over New Year's holiday

WASHINGTON -- Nearly one-fourth of U.S. adults who have traveled within the past year are very or somewhat likely to take a pleasure trip or vacation for the New Year's holiday, according to a new Travel Industry Association survey.

Among those 37 million likely holiday travelers, 44% plan to pay for lodging, 32% plan to travel by plane and 19% expect to rent a car.

The numbers are based on a TIA survey of 1,500 people.

One in 10 of the likely travelers said they'll take a packaged tour, and 7% are planning cruises. The most likely holiday travelers are 18 to 24 years old, single, male or earning a household income of $75,000 or more.

But most people -- three-fourths of the total -- still are planning to stay put for the millennium celebrations.

Among the people unlikely to travel, 36% said they would rather spend the New Year at home with family and friends, and 9% want to avoid the crowds.

Only 5% cited fear of Y2K glitches, and only 2% said they're not going because prices are too high. Another 5%, however, said they don't have enough money to travel.

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