Tourism boon for countries around the world love flock to call placeds and places of the award-winning fantasy saga
The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen other countries, followed the template deep into Tollymore Forest and mustered around a tree stump.
” Ladies and gentlemen, cameras ready ,” said Eric Nolan, who had chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Northern Ireland the coming week. “This,” he said pointing,” is where Kit Harington’s arse sat .”
Nolan grinned and accommodated a poster-sized screenshot establishing Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, certainly sitting on the stump in an early episode of Game of Thrones.
The visitors clustered all over the stump and aimed their cameras. Click, click, clink. It was maybe the least drastic minute of the day-long tour- there would be a castle, replica nuclear weapons and babying wolf-like hounds- and still they were enchanted.
Such is the spell cast by the HBO fantasy saga, which returns to screens on 14 April for the eighth and final season, television broadcasting phenomenon with 30 million devotees in the US and millions of the other members of the UK, where it is broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
The tale of competitive territories, combats, bonking and dragons in Westeros has triumphed 47 Emmys thanks to blockbuster budgets, stellar ability and source information in accordance with the arrangements George RR Martin’s bestselling novels.
The show has also created a tourism boon for Northern Ireland, which hosts most of the filming, sucking millions of followers to changes and points and PS30m in spending each year, according to Tourism Ireland.
The agency has negotiated a licence agreement with HBO recognising Northern Ireland as official Game of Thrones territory, facilitating multiple spin-offs and a certain incongruity: a tourism industry stunted by the Troubles now benefiting from fictional mayhem.