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‘‘ There has been a ma­jor in­crease in num­bers over the past few weeks.

‘‘All the me­dia hype around has in­creased peo­ple’s aware­ness about Hob­biton, al­though we had one per­son in to­day who didn’t know the his­tory and thought we had just got it to come here for the first time.

‘‘ We’ve been re­ally busy with the Hob­biton stuff on top of all the usual things like bus book­ings, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ac­tiv­ity book­ings and gen­eral tourism en­quiries and it looks like we will stay busy well into the fu­ture.

‘‘But we are here for the com­mu­nity as well as the tourists, it’s an im­por­tant part of our job and an im­por­tant part of our day.’’

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