Albuquerque, New Mexico had to learn how to love “Breaking Bad.” Once it did, the city’s tourism officials mixed filming landmarks with more traditional tourist attractions.

Films in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy helped New Zealand double its tourist spending in under five years.

“The Hunger Games” helped a remote North Carolina forest increase its visits by 31% in one year.

Virginia stood in for multiple U.S. destinations in “Lincoln” and used the film sets to market the state.

After “In Bruges,” the city plotted filming locations with a gun icon, and mixed in traditional tourist attractions on this map.

For the film “Last Vegas,” the Aria Hotel worked with filmmakers on every aspect of the filming, and then used the hotel to market the property after the release.

Recently we launched our first subscription service, the twice-monthly Global Trends Report series, focusing on trends across various sectors of travel, from across the globe.

The sixth report in the series is “The Rise of Destination Marketing Through Movies and TV.” The destinations and locations where movies and television shows are filmed have the potential to attract film tourists with smart, timely marketing. Destination marketing organizations are realizing the trend and looking to convert the international attention into travel bookings.

In the following report, we will cover what motivates travelers to visit a destination featured in a movie, how to manage the long-term relationship with a TV series, how to tap into the themes made popular by recent films, and factors to consider before marketing begins.

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