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Central Oregon's Tourism Industry Closes Out 2012 With Bang

A recent survey suggests more holiday travelers visited Central Oregon at the end of 2012 compared to the year before.  

Mt. Bachelor from Vista Butte

Mt. Bachelor from Vista Butte

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The Central Oregon Visitors Association conducted the post-holiday survey.  The query went out to operators of hotels, resorts and vacation rentals as well as other businesses tied to the tourism trade.  Those who responded indicated it was a merry Christmas and a happy new year.  Occupancy rates for those two holiday weeks were up by 4 to 15 percent compared to the year prior. 

President Alana Houson credits this years’ good weather along with the help of some good timing.  She says in 2011, both holidays fell on a Sunday which probably  led to shorter stays.

“This year with both Christmas and New Years falling mid-week, we captured additional business over the weekend that really are going to help boost these numbers when they come in,” said Houson.

Houson expects to have a more accurate snapshot of the holiday season come February with the release of December’s room tax collection totals.

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