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7.2M Mountain West travelers expected for Christmas

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This holiday season will see a slight uptick of travelers from the U.S. region that includes Nevada.

According to auto club AAA, about 7.2 million Mountain West residents are expected in the two weeks that include Christmas and New Year's.

AAA said the half-percent increase from last year is due to the longer travel period compared to 2012.

"This enables families to travel for a longer period of time to destinations that are further away," said AAA Nevada spokesperson Cynthia Harris.

About 6.5 million of those travelers are expected to drive to their destinations, AAA estimates, which would be nearly 1 percent increase from 2012. About 500,000 travelers are expected to fly, which is a 1.5 percent decrease.

Nationally, the auto club projects 94 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday.

For more information on holiday travel, you can call 1-888-937-5523 or visit www.aaa.com/travel.

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