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Ocean City, Maryland Mayor Richard Meehan says the city expects around 4 million visitors this summer.
Matthew Bush
Ocean City, Maryland Mayor Richard Meehan says the city expects around 4 million visitors this summer.

By Matt Bush

Travel this Memorial Day is expected to be up across the D.C. region. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the number of people from the area expected to travel more than 50 miles this weekend will be 6 percent higher than last year. While the recovering economy is one reason for that, AAA spokeswoman Regina Averella says it may be that this year more schools will already be out.

"The last time Memorial Day fell on the 31st was in 2004, and nationally we saw an 11 percent increase compared to the previous year," says Averella.

Whatever the reason, Ocean City, Maryland mayor Rick Meehan is smiling. He says tourism is his city's only industry.

"Advance reservations are ahead of last year. And that's kind of contrary to the way people book their vacation today. Normally it's closer to the time they're going to travel," says Meehan.

If reservations stay at their current level for the entire summer, Meehan says they will easily surpass the 4-million visitors Ocean City saw last year from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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