There are so many amazing cities in the world that are worth seeing. How do you choose which ones to visit and which ones to skip? How is it that some cities have a stable place on many people’s bucket list, yet others are not that famous?
It is obvious that some cities are simply more exciting, have more to offer curious travellers then less popular ones. But without doubt, the decision to visit a place or not, sometimes is based on the result of some very clever destination-marketing. Cities are competing for visitors much like companies, who compete for customers. To boost tourism, a place must be seen as an attractive spot for tourists to spend a few days of vacation.
One of the hacks to achieve the must-see status as a city, is to show the main monuments, the streets, and generally, showcase its image in popular movies! Everyone likes to relax in front of the screen once in a while. When watching an entertaining movie, we easily get inspired by some nicely cut scenes. Not only do we observe the buildings and the look of a town, but the movie can transfer a special mood, a unique feeling that one can possibly experience while making a visit to the filming location.
Sometimes it works very well, and hotels detect a rise in bookings after a successful movie was filmed close by, but sometimes people just don’t get inspired to visit the exposed city at all. Below you can see some movies which inspired us to visit or even live in the city where the story takes place!
Have you been to any of them?
Sex and The City 2: in Marraquesh, Marocco
The story takes place in Abu Dhabi, but the filming locations is actually Marrakesh. The exotic Arabic cities attract many tourists who wish to experience the luxurious holiday and the exciting adventures of the girls. After the premier, both Abu Dhabi and Marrakesh experienced a significant raise in visits.
Spy: in Budapest, Hungary
The disastrous adventures of the unlucky spy range from Washington to Paris and Rome. But, apart from a couple of scene-setting shots, the filming location is Budapest, a real hot spot for spa lovers and culture seekers. While watching the beautiful streets, buildings and restaurants it is pretty easy to get travel bugs!
Game of Thrones: in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Everyone’s favourite series has many amazing scenes, filmed in different parts of the world: Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Morocco and the very real—and very beautiful—city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. According to the plot, the city is King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros. Now visitors not only enjoy the remarkable culture and the amazing beaches, but also a two-hour long Game of Thrones walking tour!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: in various cities in Iceland
The country’s breath-taking glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and waterfalls were filmed in many movies, but this time the country is featured as itself, not as a mythical planet or an imaginary country. The story is filmed in multiple locations of Iceland: in the cities of Grundarfjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Garður. Since the movie was released, a Walter Mitty-themed self-drive tour is available for adventure seeking travellers.
Have you ever watched a movie and then decided to travel to the city where the story takes place?