Officials say every business in Bend is affected by tourism; and if this summer is any indication, there are a lot of very happy people.
Doug LaPlaca with Visit Bend says they are hoping to keep the momentum of a busy summer going in to the fall, or "shoulder season" for tourism, when tourism tends to drop off a bit.
"Visit Bend's strategy is to extend the summer tourism season through the month of September. So most of our group and event focus is concentrated on that September through December timeframe with September representing the peak. We’ll have a number of large scale events that we've concentrated to bring to the city in the month of September."
LaPlaca says the early information shows that bend started out very strong in juke with high Transient Room Tax (TRT) numbers and he expects the final tally to show that we've had the best summer since before the economic downturn.
He adds that September's events include several very high profile cycling events and the inaugural "Leadman Triathlon" which should draws in the tens of thousands to Bend.