‘Game of Thrones’ popularity boosts Irish ‘location tourist’ numbers

Visitors known as ‘location tourists’ are being attracted to Northern Ireland in their droves from across the world to experience where the hit television series ‘Game of Thrones’ is being filmed.

 Game of Thrones populairty has led to a massive spike in Northern Ireland's location tourism

Game of Thrones populairty has led to a massive spike in Northern Ireland's location tourism Image by Ian West/PA Wire

The area has become a big attraction for followers of the epic battles from the fantasy world of the show. And tourists chiefs are hopeful that season five of the HBO blockbuster filmed in the Titanic Studios in Belfast and across other locations will provide another opportunity for fans to visit the scenes which will be part of next month’s series.

The Irish Times reported that as he left his post as Northern Ireland’s top tourism official, Howard Hastings did so with the hope that the ‘Games of Thrones’ phenomenon would “run and run.”

He claimed it had acted as a springboard for tourism in the area where the show is filmed – from the Giants Causeway to Castle Ward estate and over to the Dark Hedges.

Mr Hastings said the show had created “location tourists” who wanted to walk in the footsteps of their favourite actors and also see them if that was possible.

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