Tiny Town Forks, Washington sees 600% increase in tourism since Twilight Book’s publication…New shops springing up catering to the fans…

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July 1, 2010

Forks, Wash is a small town in Clallam County, Washington. In a 2000 census the population was just 3,120.

The town is also the setting for the epically famous Twilight saga and is now buzzing with tourists, shops and businesses catering to visiting fans of the series.

For those who aren’t yet familiar with the saga, Twilight is about high-school girl Bella Swan’s tumultuous relationship with vampire Edward Cullen and a Native-American werewolf Jacob Black – among some other things. The small town and outdoorsy setting of Forks, Washington is central to the novel’s storyline.

According to Inc., Forks now has Twilight themed shops springing up left right and center:

The new tourist culture has gradually inspired a fresh batch of small businesses in and around Forks. From the Jacob Black’s House lodging facility to a retailer called Native to Twilight, Forks natives are increasingly capitalizing on the opportunity. It’s also given established local business owners a previously unseen surge in revenue, even during the winter months. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of people visiting the Forks Visitor Center nearly quadrupled, according to the Forks Chamber of Commerce, and the 2010 numbers are already surpassing last year’s.

The third Twilight film, “Eclipse,” opened yesterday and broke the record for biggest single-day Wednesday opening ever – looks like the good fortunes for Forks, Washington have a way to go.

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