Theodore Slate - Jul 22, 2019

Sometimes it takes only a music video, a series or a film for a site to suddenly lose its tranquility and become flooded with fans. Media success usually influences destinations to a great extent – for better (economic benefits) or for worse (ecological damage by mass tourism). Tourism Review introduces five destinations that have become iconic travel sites thanks to media.

Chernobyl - Disaster Tourism Boosted by HBO

Trigger: The "Chernobyl" Series

Chernobyl, which had only received 70,000 visitors in 2018, is on the way to become the hype tourist destination of the moment. The reason? It is the recent mini-series "Chernobyl" of the American channel HBO, with a critical and popular success. Thirty-three years after the nuclear disaster, the curious ones are still pricked to visit the infamous Ukrainian power plant and the nearby ghost town of Prypiat. Bookings are reported to have increased by 40% since the start of the broadcast in May. Visits are available locally for about $100 per head. To say that the five episodes were not even shot on the spot, but in similar settings, in Vilnius, and in the former Lithuanian power plant of Ignalina.... Lithuania is also exploiting the opportunity by organizing its own "Chernobyl" themed tours.

Dubrovnik Confused with Port-Real

Trigger: The "Game of Thrones" Series

Dubrovnik, which receives 1.3 million visitors each year, was already overwhelmed by hundreds of cruise ships. Now the city is taken by the fans of «Game of Thrones». Season 1 had taken up residence in Malta but, following a dispute with the authorities - who criticized the production for having poured sand in a protected place, the filming then moved to the Croatian city, particularly highlighted until season 6. A part of the world now sees the "pearl of the Adriatic" as King's Landing, the picturesque capital of the Kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms. From the old town to the fortress of Lovrijenac, dozens of theme circuits saturate the mythical places, to the great displeasure of the locals.

The Louvre, Thank You Beyoncé and Jay-Z

The Falls of Fjadrargljufur, Victims of Justin Bieber

Colmar, Chinese Reality Show Star

Trigger: The Series «Chinese Restaurant»

Since filming the series «Chinese restaurant» at the Bistrot des Lavandières de la Petite Venise in June 2018, Colmar has been living in Chinese time. Fans of one of China's most popular reality TV shows - 2.5 billion views on social networks - would not miss the selfie in front of the half-timbered restaurant and linger in the Alsatian city. In 2018, the number of overnight stays for Chinese residents jumped by 70%. Since the beginning of 2019, growth has remained double-digit. After training his hosting professionals in Chinese culture, the mayor, Gilbert Meyer, who played his own role in one of the episodes, considers that his city can still absorb more visitors from China and plans targeted promotional campaigns.

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  1. "to the great displeasure of the locals" not all locals are displeased, on the contrary special the young generation love it all, including guides that are specialised in tours for Game of Thrones. The displeasure with the tourists in general is a social problem all over European cities that live uniquely from the tourism economy.

    Vesna Gamulin (Croatia)

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