The Jakarta Post
Jon Snow in The Battle of The Bastards (HBO/-)
If you’re still awestruck by the epic showdown in the most recent Game of Thrones episode, you have every right to be as the “Battle of The Bastards” is being hailed as one of the best episodes in the history of the show. Its satisfying battle scene, the return of the Stark banner to its rightful home in Winterfell and Sansa’s “like-a-boss” last speech to rapist and sadist, Ramsay Bolton, were still being talked about days after the event and not just in the fandom realm, but also in mainstream media.
Aside from the internet conversations and the memes each episode has generated, the success of Game of Thrones has also affected the travel industry. Travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor, has unveiled a comparison of traffic data to analyze the effects of Game of Thrones on filming locations among travelers.
(Read also: Game of Thrones picks up pace as The Hound returns)
The spike of traveler interest is noticeably high for Spain, as the sixth season of Game of Thrones was almost entirely filmed in the country. Seven locations have enjoyed a 125% average increase in interest from travelers.
The location with the highest interest from travelers is Castillo de Zafra which tops the chart with a 488% increase from 2015 to 2016. Other locations in Spain which are also hot among travelers induced by the TV series are Campillo de Dueñas, Bárdenas Reales de Navarra, Girona, Almería, Seville and Tudela.
Girona, Spain, or what could easily be King's Landing in the Game of Thrones series.(TripAdvisor/-)
Other popular destinations that have interested travelers inspired by the show are Croatia and Iceland. In 2015, TripBarometer, the world’s largest barometer of traveler sentiment, already revealed that TV tourism was rising with one in five travelers choosing a destination based on what they saw on television shows.
Go beyond The Wall at Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland.(TripAdvisor/-)
The hottest Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia among travelers is Klis and Krka National Park, while Iceland’s favorites include Vik, Dimmuborgir, Vatnajokull National Park, Myvatn and Trsteno. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and are planning a trip, note that the best months in 2016 to travel to all these filming locations is in October and November -except for Seville which is cheapest in August.
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