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Coast Travel Agents Seeing Business Return To Normal

Consumer confidence is returning to the travel industry, but it's a slow process.

Coast travel agents say the industry took a tremendous hit after the September 11th attacks. The latest national numbers show the travel industry was down nearly 70 percent in the weeks after the attacks on America.

But travel agents are beginning to see signs of a recovery. Although holiday bookings are still slow, travel agents remain optimistic.

"Confidence is rebuilding," travel agent Rae Anne Ryan said. "We're doing more and more about Thanksgiving. We're into Christmas now, and it's coming back. Not fast enough, but it's coming back."

Ryan says some cruise ship companies have dropped prices on travel packages as an extra incentive to help the industry recover.

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