Business briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 22 |

Business briefs for Wednesday, Nov. 22

AAA expects 300,000 Thanksgiving travelers

Fluctuating gas prices, higher travel expenses and increasing frustration over missing airline baggage are not keeping Thanksgiving holiday travelers from their family gatherings, according to a new report from AAA Utah.

AAA predicts over 300,000 Utahns will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday, a 2.5 percent increase over last year. More than 240,000 people (about 80 percent) will travel by car. Approximately 43,000 people (about 15 percent) plan on flying to their destinations. The remaining 5 percent, over 15,000, will use other transportation such as railroads, buses or cruise ships. Both the numbers of vehicle and air travelers are up more than 2.5 percent from last year.

Travelers will face much higher prices for hotels, airfares and car rentals, according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index. Holiday hotel rates are up 16 percent for AAA-Rated Three Diamond hotels. Rental car rates are up an average of 21 percent from last year. Airfares are higher too, up an average of 4 percent from 2005.

However, Thanksgiving tends to be a holiday when a lot of people stay with friends or relatives. Nationally, 69.5 percent of Thanksgiving travelers told AAA that’s where they’ll stay this year, which would definitely cut down on some of the higher travel costs. AAA estimates that 38.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 2.7 percent increase from last year’s 37.3 million travelers.

Women’s Business Center plans workshop

The Women’s Business Center will host a workshop for business owners interested in obtaining government contracts on Nov. 29. Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies including Utah Transit Authority, Department of Airports, State Purchasing, Hill Air Force Base, and the Utah Supplier Development Council will be present.

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The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center, 5th Floor, 299 South Main Street, Salt Lake City. Parking is available in the building east of the Wells Fargo center.

The cost to attend is $25 for the whole workshop and $10 for a single session, which includes a lunch box. Fee waivers are available. For more information or to RSVP, call Lavanya Garikina Mahate at (801) 957-2030.