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Originally published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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Vampire movie release likely to lure tourists

The Olympic Peninsula city of Forks is expecting an influx of visitors this weekend as the final "Twilight" movie opens.

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PORT ANGELES — "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" is the final chapter in the teen vampire book and movie saga set on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, La Push and Port Angeles.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (is.gd/Q0i1pb) "Twilight" has drawn more than 200,000 visitors to the Olympic Peninsula over seven years.

Forks Chamber of Commerce Director Marcia Bingham says the boom peaked in 2010 with 70,000 tourists in the town of 3,500. Last year, 45,000 registered at the Forks Visitors Center. Before "Twilight," visitors to the remote and rainy timber town were counted in the hundreds.

Bingham expects the movie opening this week will bring more visitors to Forks and the "Twilight" glow will linger into the future.

No special events are planned over the weekend, but Forks is expecting a wave of visitors after a late-night premiere screening in Port Angeles, according to the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Although many hotels are booked for the weekend, there are still some rooms available the newspaper reported.

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