MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - U.S. travelers are expected to spend $13.5 billion during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, according to estimates from the U.S. Travel Association.

That figure represents a 2 percent increase over the 2014 Labor Day holiday.

The U.S. Travel Association is estimating 35.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles over the weekend and spend an average of $380.

"The 2015 summer season is forecast to end on a very high note for the Myrtle Beach area and the country as a whole," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "The lower gas prices in South Carolina are making a last-minute vacation very attractive for families looking to end the summer on a high note. Our affordable accommodations, wealth of attractions and family-friendly festivals and events make the Myrtle Beach area the perfect beach destination for spending the long Labor Day weekend."

The average price for a gallon of gas in South Carolina was $2.01 as of Sept. 2, 2015, according to AAA's daily fuel gauge report.