The influence of culinary movies as a popular culture tourism phenomenon in shoot destinations

Authored by: Sara Forgas-Serra , Joaquim Majó Fernández , Lluís Mundet i Cerdan

The Routledge Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138678354
eBook ISBN: 9781315559018
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Films contribute to our knowledge of spaces and the cultures reflected in them, thus forming an image of the destination shown in the film. As Kim and Richardson (2003, p. 217) said, “news coverage and popular culture (as in films, television programs, and literature) can provide substantial information about a place in a short period of time.” When films presenting this knowledge and information generate mass media phenomena, they connect with a wave of popular culture tourism, as the audience want to visit the places shown in the film. This leads us to film-induced tourism, since, according to Hudson and Ritchie (2006a, p. 256), “film tourism – sometimes called movie-induced or film-induced tourism – is defined as tourist visits to a destination or attraction as a result of the destination being featured on television, video, DVD or the cinema screen.” Riley, Baker, and Van Doren (1998, p. 919) reinforce this view, stating that “movies provide the objects and subjects for the gaze of many people, and for some people, movies induce them to travel to the locations where they were filmed.”

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