Erie, Pa., June, 2004 - The summer vacation season is upon us, and families are expected to be hitting the roads and taking to the skies in droves this summer--the most since September 11th.
The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) is forecasting a 3.2 percent increase in leisure travel for the 2004 summer season, and estimating that Americans will take more than 334 million person-trips, one person traveling 50+miles, one-way, away from home, during June, July and August of 2004.
Trends in travel have shifted in the past few years according to the TIA. More Americans are choosing to drive to their vacation destinations and auto travel comprises the vast majority of U.S. domestic travel at 79 percent. Vacationers are staying in more rural locations closer to home, and traveling in RV's. Even with the increase in ground travel, air travel is also growing, up almost five percent in 2004 compared to last year.
Travel is a great American pastime. However, a tourist in unfamiliar territory, mapping out destinations for the day, taking photos of children, carrying luggage, and asking for directions to the next stop, could set up him or herself to be an easy target for thieves.
"Families feel a need to be closer together, and family vacations are offering a great opportunity for this 'togetherness.' We at Erie Insurance Group want to ensure that not only are the vacations a time of relaxation and fun, but that everyone arrives home safe as well," said Jeffrey A. Ludrof, President and CEO of Erie Insurance Group, a leading property/casualty insurer.
Erie Insurance Group offers the following tips to help prepare for this summer's vacation, and to make sure it is a fun and memorable one:
Known for competitive rates and superior service, Erie Insurance Group is a leading property/casualty insurer in the United States. With more than 3.7 million policies in force, Erie Insurance Group includes seven companies operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia and is rated A+ (superior) by A.M. Best Company. Erie Indemnity Company (Nasdaq: ERIE) is the management company for Erie Insurance Group. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., since 1925, the ERIE provides auto, home, business and life insurance through more than 7,300 independent agents representing nearly 1,800 agencies. Erie Insurance Group ranks No. 368 among the FORTUNE 500 and is included in FORBES "Platinum 400" list of America's best-managed companies. For more information and a listing of independent agents representing The ERIE in your community, visit the company's Web site at http://www.erieinsurance.com/