Travel Professor – Film Tourism, Cambodia

Travel Professor – Film Tourism, Cambodia


Right, film tourism – it’s where people travel to different sets and locations and destinations because of a movie, film or TV series. Sometimes it’s called movie-, film-induced tourism or movie-induced tourism. Sometimes even screen tourism. Well, here we are: Tomb Raider made famous by Angelina Jolie in the Lara Croft movie from the computer game. Here we are – the real name of the temple is Ta Prohm. You see it’s where the jungle has engulfed over the temple. Still, what a great atmosphere. So film tourism: people coming to different destinations to come and see the sets. So quite interestingly here we have the humans taking over nature to build the temple and then thousands of years later – 8,000 years later – we have nature again taking back over humans. So this is around about the spot where Angelina Jolie picked the jasmine and fell through the floor magically down into Hollywood studios but film tourism is really big these days. People going many destinations. Think of Lord of the Rings. Think of Harry Potter in the the UK. Lord of the Rings in New Zealand and many other destinations. Cambodia’s now on the map, on the movie film tourism map because of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider. The Travel Professor is the Tomb Raider! Many destination marketing organizations are now realizing they can take advantage of films being shot in their destinations but the scope of film- induced tourism goes beyond just visiting locations with films shot. It also includes other film based attractions as can be seen in the figure on the screen from Connell’s 2012 review paper. Let me know if you’ve been motivated to attend a film based tourist attraction. Have you ever visited a film-based tourist attraction? If yes, which one? Let me know in the comments below. Here’s a brief look at where films have had an impact on tourism from Hudson & Ritchie’s paper in 2006.

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