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Isaac, rising gas prices to keep Labor Day travel flat

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AAA Carolinas said Thursday that the effects of Hurricane Isaac, including increasing gas prices, will keep Labor Day travel this year near the same level as last year.

The travel agency said 424,000 people in South Carolina and 926,300 people in North Carolina will travel more than 50 miles from home over the three-day weekend.

"A month ago, we expected a robust increase this year for the Labor Day holiday travel weekend, but with the recent spike in gas prices and the threat of Hurricane Isaac, many last-minute travelers will choose to stay home," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

In South Carolina, the most expensive gas was found in Charleston - an average of $3.54 per gallon, the agency said. AAA Carolina reported the most the most expensive gas in North Carolina was found in Greensboro - an average of $3.77 per gallon.

Experts said the iffy weather for beaches is also likely playing a role in the decisions of travelers.

In addition to the rising gas prices, hotel rates have increased, according to AAA. The agency said its three-diamond hotels are up 4 percent from last year, while its two-diamond hotels are up 6 percent.

People who are flying during the holiday seem to be the only people with good news this weekend. Airfares have decreased 4 percent from last year, according to AAA.

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