They’re hardly qualities on which to hang tourism hopes, but the lure of locally filmed movies and TV shows often can be transcendent.
Although Hollywood is a valuable travel agent, there’s no one method to capitalize on it, state and local tourism officials say.
Marketing some locally filmed productions can be difficult, thanks to inaccessible locations – think NBC’s “Revolution” – or spoiler-phobic filmmakers – like Marvel Studios, the company behind “Iron Man 3.”
Not to mention, a series may be axed after two episodes or a movie could be a box-office bomb.
Southport, NC-filmed “Safe Haven” has “definitely” boosted attendance at the city’s Visitor Center since it filmed in the coastal community in 2012, said Southport’s tourism director, Cindy Brochure.
A “Safe Haven”-themed display at the visitor center has helped attract more than 1,400 visitors in February, a month in which tourists are typically scarce, she said.
“Last Saturday morning alone, we had 86 people come in. That’s unheard of in February,” Brochure said. “People are coming from all over – from New England, Ohio, Charlotte and Raleigh. Not everyone is coming to Southport for Safe Haven’ – that’s hard to keep track of – but they’ve been signing in in our guest book and they’re saying they enjoyed our display.”
Tourism agencies don’t yet have a strategy in place to trumpet the May 3 release of “Iron Man 3,” but local officials say they plan to partner with the state to promote the movie that filmed in the area for much of 2012.
Waiting for the new double-decker City Tour bus Tuesday morning, my misgivings about the city’s tourist menu were ready to be erased. After a taxi to town and hike across the bridge, a guard at Park Station’s Gautrain stop directed me to Alfred, the bus company’s marshal. “We launched on 15 January,” said Alfred, who was dressed in a red vest and hails from Mthatha, Eastern Cape. The red buses pass every 40 minutes. Schoolgirls pressed their cell phones against the windows of their parked bus to photograph me while I waited, flipping the tables on the tourist.
City Sightseeing opened its tour operations in Joburg 11 years after launching in Cape Town, where it has two tourist routes. It operates in six continents and almost 100 locations, and for six weeks the red double-deckers with open-air tops have been cruising through Jozi.
“The City Sightseeing tour promises to open up a whole new side of Johannesburg, and in doing so, will grow tourism spend whilst providing employment for local city residents… turning passengers into passionate ambassadors for the golden metropolis,” said Claus Tworeck, CEO of City Sightseeing South Africa, when the new route launched. “The tour will change people’s perceptions of the city of Johannesburg and offer both local and foreign visitors a unique way of exploring this fascinating city.”
The bus has been hailed as a game-changer for Johannesburg tourism. “It has been our vision for many years to ensure that the south of Johannesburg takes its rightful place as a tourist and leisure destination with many diverse attractions,” said Rob Collins, Chief Marketing Officer of Tsogo Sun, when the route opened.
Considered as one of the most prosperous cities of USA, but its present condition looks nothing more than a post-industrial ruin. Many of the city officials have become corrupt, crime rates have increased, law and order have broken down and the city’s economy is falling rapidly.
The city has become so unstable, that last October the Detroit Police Officers had to issue warnings for the visitors before entering the city. The city has also reported increased incidents of crime and shuttering of a lot of landmark gay bars. Due to this, some travel agencies also declared Detroit as the most dangerous city for gay travelers to visit.
On the other side, the city still has a love for art, music and theatres. Lots of creative people flock to Detroit from around the world to showcase their talents and have a feel of the city. If you have a love for cars, then the museums dedicated to Ford and Chrysler may interest you.
Known as the second largest tourist city of Nevada, but has nothing else to offer than being an old, grumpy, run-down version of Las Vegas. The only selling point of the city is being near to Tahoe, but that isn’t really a good reason to spend a lot of cash on it.
If you love casinos though, then you are going to love this place. Casinos make Reno a number one tourist destination for gamblers. The city also has good taste on food, music and boutiques, but you will have to do a hard search to find these places. The Nevada Museum of Art, located in Reno, is definitely worth a visit.
Daytona Beach, Florida
One moment you would be lying happily on the beach on your towel, and the other moment you may find some cars and trucks parked beside you. The laws allow people to park their automobiles in parts of the beach for some selected hours during the day. But those selected hours may ruin your whole day at the beach.
On the other hand, Daytona Beach is known to be the home for the NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing). This means that if you love racing cars, then this is your destination.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Doesn’t seem to find its position in the list of top tourist destinations. This might be due to the conservative thinking of the local people, or maybe because the locals are not too much supportive of visitors.
But if you really want a reason to visit – the city is growing on art and film and also conducts an annual Twilight Concert Series where live bands perform. During the winter, a large number of ski resorts within close proximity to Salt Lake City are available for the skiers.
Los Angeles, California
Has got a bad name due to the smog that litters around the whole place. The city is very costly to visit and overcrowded too. Most of the people around the place are known to be struggling actors, musicians, directors, models and rock stars, who are ready to do anything to move ahead in their profession. Still, the city has a number of attractions worth visiting.
The island receiver annual rainfall and the species of trees include eucalyptus, wallum, rainforests, mangrove forests, peat swamps, coastal heaths and sand dunes. It’s been 750,000 years since the sand is accumulating on the volcanic bedrock which is a natural catchment for sediments.
Mycorrhizal fungi growth is abundant and rich in the Fraser Island. Many mammal species, reptiles, amphibians and birds reside in this island. The area is under the protection of Great Sandy National Park. Human Being first set the foot on this island some 5000 years ago and since then they are permanent inhabitants too. As much as 400 people lives on the island.
It has become a popular tourist spot and 350,000 to 500,000 tourists visit the area per annum. One of the reasons of visiting is the golden chance of seeing a natural dingo. Central Station is also a popular, well-known destination for visiting on the island. Very rare ferns grow along the station.
The species of rare fish that is found on the island includes Tailor, surf bream, jewfish, flathead, while whiting, and golden trevally. For those who love to camp, Fraser Island provides latest equipments too. The most known and popular camping areas are One Tree Rocks, Waddy Beach, Dundubara campground, Central Station Tent Sites, and Cornwells Break.
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