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BEND, OR -- The President of Visit Bend, Kevney Dugan joined the Bend and Redmond Mayor’s virtual news conference yesterday. He said the occupancy rate on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend was 65-per cent compared to 94-per cent last year. Dugan said the tourism industry has lost 44-per cent of its jobs, close to 7-thousand, in Deschutes county. Those job losses included workers at hotels, retail and restaurants. Dugan says tourism industry officials believe it will take 18-months to 3 years to recover from the pandemic.

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