The Forks Chamber of Commerce met last week to discuss whether the town was prepared for the expected decrease in Twilight tourism as the movies wind down. According to the Peninsula Daily News:
Since 2007, tens of thousands of fans have visited Forks to view the setting of the four novels by Stephenie Meyer — Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
The books were subsequently made into blockbuster movies, creating even more buzz over the rainy town.
With visitation down by about 7 percent in November and December last year, the town is contemplating what the future holds, Monohon said.
“This year when we were budgeting, we dropped the numbers back to 2008 numbers for sales tax,” Monohon said.
“All we can do is monitor it and be aware that it won’t last forever,” Monohon said.
In 2008 and 2009, Forks received about $340,000 in sales tax.
Overall, the town gained about $450,000 in sales tax in 2010 — with the summer months racking up the biggest numbers in the history of the city, Monohon said.
Now the newspaper has another article saying that Dazzled By Twilight’s Twilight Lounge in Forks has closed its doors.
After nearly three years of Twilight-related events and food, the Twilight Lounge has shut its doors permanently, along with The Lodge in Forks, a 1-year-old restaurant upstairs in the same building.
The Twilight Lounge, 81 N. Forks Ave., originally opened in 2009 as a location for bands, events and gatherings for fans of the books set in Forks.
In early 2010, the owners of Dazzled By Twilight — Annette and Tim Root — opened the restaurant, which housed a bar and food with Twilight-themed names.
A sign in the window and a Facebook.com message announced the closure Tuesday.
“With a huge thank you to our supporters both friend and foe, the Lodge in Forks, Dungeon Bar and Twilight Lounge bid you a fond farewell,” said the Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/46cvnfl.
You can read the full article at the Peninsula Daily News.
Via the Twilight Examiner