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‘Twilight’ vampire tourism still has bite

The "Twilight" tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating in Forks, an old logging town on Washington's Olympic Peninsula that's won new fame as the setting for a teen vampire fantasy.

Marcia Bingham of the Forks Chamber of Commerce says more than 16,000 people passed through the town's visitor center in July alone, nearly equal to the 18,485 people in all 2008, the Peninsula Daily News reported.

While the Visitor Center had focused mainly on teaching people about logging and coordinating tours of local natural resources. These days it's all about vampires and werewolves, Bingham said.

She said a number of the visitors have asked if it is safe to go camping with the vampire problems in the area?

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