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Boston prepares for huge wave of visitors

Boston (AP) -- The 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

The memory of last year's bombings has elevated interest in one of the world's greatest races, and the field of runners has greatly expanded.

One clear sign is hotel bookings. An official says they are the strongest since the race's centennial in 1996.

The booking agency for the Boston Athletic Association is working with hotels south and west of the city to help meet demand.

Tourism officials expect this year's marathon will generate more than $175 million in economic activity over about five days.

That's up from previous year projections of $130 million to $140 million.

 
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