For the better or worse, there is no doubt that big Inspiring Travel Movies have a massive impact on tourism around the world. Just like the ‘Survivor’ shows on Caramoan had tourists “discovering” and wanting to see the beautiful and remote setting – big million dollar movies have the same effect.
Movies inspire and motivate us to travel, it’s such a great opportunity to experience life, learn about different cultures, meet new people.
Movies That Created Tourism Boom – Seven Years in Tibet
Author, Heinrich Harrer wrote this bestseller which was made into a movie. The beautiful scenic views of the mountains in Tibet as this man is welcomed to the ancient city of Lhasa are simply stunning.
As Heinrich and Peter are mountaineering in the North of India, this movie offers amazing landscapes of The Himalayas, the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple in the city of Lhasa.
Eat, Pray, Love
Amazing scenes of India and Italy keeps us coming back for more when actress, Julia Roberts accomplishes what shes looking for as she travels to the cities of Bali and Ubud.
This movie will inspire you to eat more pasta, ride your bike around Bali, dance the night away on a beach, walk through the rice paddies of Ubud or even join an ashram in India.
Travelers from all over the world have been inspired to visit these destinations.
Mamma mia! – Greece
After watching this movie, we all had the same thought: Lets GO there!
Over a year has passed since the movie release, and the massive tourist boom for this idyllic, tiny island of Skopelos hasn’t stopped yet. Just after the release of this blockbuster movie, the mayor told newspapers that the phones just wouldn’t stop ringing, and they were thrilled over the huge increase of interest in the island.
Meanwhile, the locals fear it could have a negative affect in the long run, and spoil the place. However, they’re told that this won’t happen, and that the beauty of Skopelos will remain unspoiled.
Lord Of The Rings and Narnia – New Zealand
People went crazy before, during and after the LOTR movies came out. I can’t remember a time when a movie has created such hype. The movie really put New Zealand on the map, and people started to pilgrimage their way to ‘Mordor’.
Just as the hype calmed down, another blockbuster movie put New Zealand back into the spot light – Narnia.
Those who didn’t already want to visit this country – sure did now. It’s a clear fact that these movies have increased tourism in New Zealand – the Queenstown area (where a large part of the LOTR movies were filmed) is a huge hit, and even the little nearby village Glenorchy is getting attention.
Although it’s been years since the movies came out, they still advertise all the film hot spots and Lord of the Ring tours are everywhere.
The locals in Queenstown and Glenorchy aren’t necessarily too happy about the tourism increase, but the movies are not the only reason why Queenstown had an increase of tourism.
I believe that New Zealand now has more pressure to really keep the beautiful nature and care for it even more than ever before, so maybe this tourism increase is for the better – even if that means that Queenstown now has a few traffic lights, and some fashion-able shops. Queenstown is Nathan’s hometown, and he says it wasn’t always like this – and part of the reason his family left.
The Twilight Saga – USA
The small town of Forks, Washington – where many parts of the first Twilight film was shot – has seen a 1000% increase in lodgings since the huge movie success.
They have worked for years to build Twilight-related tourism, and are far from finished. It’s a great business idea, since a major part of the fan base are teenage kids, and love everything Twilight related – even if it is a Bella Burger…
Fans come here to totally immerse themselves in the town’s association with the film’s characters; they can visit the school, have a glass of “Twilight-wine” at the same restaurant Bella and Edward went for their first date, etc.
The movie is so new that it’s hard to see what consequences it will have on the area, but according to bloggers from the town they’re thrilled with the attention, as they think the world has finally recognized the area as a place for “world class tourism”.
The Beach – Thailand
In the movie a secret place which few people ever find – a true paradise, is discovered. The paradise beach is on an island in Thailand, which truly is beautiful.
After the movie, however, this island was everything but unknown. The movie created a massive tourism boom, with everyone wanting to visit the island. The increase in tourism was so big that the area suffered massive environmental damage (coral damage and over-fishing are only two examples).