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October 19, 2015

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AAA Travel hosts its 2016 Vacation Expo in Shoreview this weekend to help residents plan their next vacation while saving them money. A recent AAA study shows that nearly two-thirds (64%) of travelers are booking 7 months to 2 years in advance, thanks in large part to falling gas prices and improvements in the economy.

"The fact that travelers are booking so far in advance tells us that people are taking more expensive trips, and want enough time to adequately plan them," said Connie Patava, Regional Travel Sales Consultant in Waterloo, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Despite improvements in the economy and low gas prices, saving money remains a top priority for many families, and booking in advance allows travelers to do just that.”

In addition to warm-weather destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, European cities top AAA’s list of the most popular international travel destinations.

“Travelers heading to Europe will enjoy favorable currency exchange rates, making now an excellent time to plan a trip overseas,” said Patava. “Unique experiences such as river cruising are incredibly popular as well, as travelers look for opportunities to immerse themselves in a destination’s local culture while enjoying a hassle-free vacation experience abroad.”

AAA’s Vacation Expo is the place to find the best deals possible. AAA Travel will offer consumers day-of-show savings up to $500 on a new land vacation bookings or a shipboard credit of up to $500 on a new cruise reservations, in addition to any supplier offer at the event.

There will be 18 travel partners at the free event, highlighting cruises, tours, and custom vacations centered on everything from adventure and elegance to multi-generational travel and family fun.
All of AAA’s travel counselors will be on-site to help consumers get the most savings on the best vacation to suit any budget. AAA's travel counselors are extremely knowledgeable on all travel topics from their years of experience and have prepared for record attendance at this year's event.

Travel experts from a variety of companies will offer consumer presentations throughout the day. Consumers will have an opportunity to talk with and ask travel experts questions to gain in-depth knowledge on various cruises and tours to help choose the best dream vacation for any budget. To learn more and RSVP for AAA’s Vacation Expo visit or call one of three contact numbers provided below.
AAA’s Top International Travel Destinations for 2016
1.         London, England
2.         Rome, Italy
3.         Cancun, Mexico
4.         Paris, France
5.         Dublin, Ireland
6.         Amsterdam, Netherlands
7.         Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
8.         Montego Bay, Jamaica
9.         Vancouver, British Columbia
10.        Prague, Czech Republic

Saturday, October 24, 2015
11am – 2pm
North Metro Event Center
1000 Gramsie Road
Shoreview, MN 55126
Coon Rapids/Roseville 651-631-3388 opt 7
Maplewood 651-770-9014 opt 7
W St. Paul 651-292-0323 opt 7
Or email Connie Patava at


Gail Weinholzer
phone: 952.707.4985
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

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