Quantcast
Destinations

Bollywood blockbuster transforms Ireland into a hot destination for Middle Eastern tourists

Excerpt from Times of Oman

Dec 25, 2012 12:12 am

Skift Take

Bollywood films don’t get the attention of a, say, J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, but they do more than any other genre of movie to boost destination tourism due to their massive audience base.

— Samantha Shankman

Free Report: The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015

William Murphy  / Flickr.com

The popular Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger was taped at Trinity College in Dublin. William Murphy / Flickr.com


With help from Bollywood stars like Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, Ireland is back on the tourist map, experiencing an unexpected boost to its tourism. Shot partly in Dublin last year, the romantic thriller Ek Tha Tiger is one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of 2012.

“We have seen anecdotal evidence that Ireland, while still a new destination for Oman, is growing in popularity. Following the release of Bollywood film, we have seen enquiries come in from Oman to our Gulf hub, traffic from Oman to both our Arabic and English language websites, and we know that Ireland is growing in popularity as a destination for tertiary education from conversations we have had with educational institutes…”

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: , ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Hyatt Launches New Centric Brand for Hurried Modern Travelers
Daily Travel Startup Watch: ULocaliZ, Foodie&Tours and More
Best Travel Ads This Week: Brands Push the Concept of a Life Well-Traveled
Megatrend For 2015: Natural Semantic Search Brings Quality Choices to Travelers