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The head of the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) says if the current trend continues, the year 2011 could be pretty good for the local tourism industry. Alana Audette says the City of Bend saw a 16% increase in December and the unincorporated area was up 6% percent compared to December 2009. "December ended up being a strong month; both for leisure and for group and commercial business.  And its a really encouraging sign as we move into 2011. The holiday period is very important over the Christmas and New Years season and the early reports for January look as if the trend is going to continue to be up over the prior year. So we're feeling really encouraged for a stronger travel and tourism season this year." She expects February to be strong as well, because of President’s weekend and Winterfest.

 

 

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