The act of walking in places where the action of movies, books or music is already designated as pop culture tourism. Yes, cinema can make you travel.
If you are a lover of the seventh art, cineaste staunch, one of those who can’t live without the magic of a dark room and a movie screen, you probably would find magical that you were given the opportunity to visit in loco some of the ex-libris where many of the works displayed in the big, or small, screens. What movie fan never wished to be in the same place, breathe the same air as his favorite hero, almost feeling as if he also inhabited the movie? Who said cinema can’t make you travel?
The tourism sector is becoming more comprehensive, both in relation to destinations that offers, as the profile of customers: from classic destinations to the satisfaction of all, to more alternative activities, local or specific, tourism sector will identify market niches, answering those who look for peculiar interests.
There are a growing number of tourists who seek the experience of visiting iconic locations described in the literature or immortalized by a movie, or television, and the governments of several countries believe that their country is chosen as a film scenario, tourism revenues will increase substantially. And there are cases where the country/region highlight in its promotion channels that they have hosted a scene from a book, movie or music. The U.S. State of North Carolina, for example, includes on its website a guided visit by locals where much of the action of the books/movies of Nicholas Sparks happened.
These are some of the places most sought after by movie lovers:
New Zealand, where they filmed the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy;
Alnwick Castle, in England, the famous Hogwarts School, where Harry Potter studied;
The Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, it had an increased the number of visitors in 160 thousand, after the screening of the movie Braveheart;
Tunisia: the Star Wars saga was filmed there;
Rosslyn Chapel, in Scotland, and in Lincoln Cathedral, in England, were The Da Vinci Code was filmed;
The small town of Forks, Washington, after being taken by the author of the “Twigliht” as the place that served as the inspiration for the story, saw an increase the flow of visitors, despite the shooting of the film have actually happened in Canada.