Not so differently from the attention that put New Zealand on the map thanks to Peter Jackson‘s Lord of The Rings trilogy, Northern Ireland has raised some eyebrows from a tourism standpoint as well as from Hollywood production studios, thanks to the smash hit HBO series, Game of Thrones.
With great help from the HBO shooting locations and the filming studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland expects to increase its tourist count to 2 million per year by 2016 from 1.8 million in 2013.
The government of this U.K. province has already taken note of the leverage made available to them by the show. The series that only started a few years ago features some of the most breathtaking natural scenery on television, and there are official tours available to take fans and travelers to each and every one of them. Or at least all of the ones filmed in Ireland.
And not only is it the most watched HBO show currently, it is also the most downloaded television series of all time.
HBO won’t be getting any money from these pirates any time soon, but perhaps Northern Ireland can benefit from this free advertisement of their countryside to rise up in the world of film.
Is Northern Ireland on your bucket list for travel destinations?