Location Managers Guild International

Fall 2019

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) is the largest organization of Location Managers and Location Scouts in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. Their membership plays a vital role in the creativ

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40 • LMGI COMPASS | Fall 2019 Set-Je ing: The practice of visiting places used as fi lming locations in movies and television production I n choosing destinations to advance the narrative, location professionals create an ever-increasing side(ways) effect on tourism known as "location vacations." Location tourism is big business, driving tourism development in many destinations around the world. Production, film commissions, tourism and location partners who have adapted some of the most successful visitor campaigns address the benefits of the economic impact of on-location filming—the gift that keeps giving. The tents are down, the trucks are wrapped. Maybe there will be a local premiere to plan, but for now, it's time to devote your attention to other projects, marketing and reports, right? Well ... maybe not so fast... Screen tourism is a billion-dollar industry. Thousands of travelers circle the globe every year to visit their favorite movie and television show locations—and their numbers are growing. According to a 2018 report from the Louisiana Offi ce of Tourism, nine percent of visitors were infl uenced by Louisiana productions to see sites they viewed in a fi lm or TV show. That translates to millions of dollars generated by screen tourism. Savvy fi lm, tourism and historic preservation offi ces, as well as tour operators and merchants are all working in concert to capitalize on this booming industry. Many fi lm and tourism offi ces have online maps or articles featuring their fi lming locations. LMGI fi lm offi ce partners Nevada, Oahu, Valencia, Humboldt-Del Norte, Savannah and Monterey County offer information on their websites. Nevada provides information on movie/TV location tour operators. Hawaii has also capitalized on fi lm tourism with various private operators giving location tours from popular productions, including Jurassic Park, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Lost and Hawaii Five- 0. New Mexico even has a Breaking Bad-themed fi lm tourism initiative encouraging local chambers, cities, tribes and their local businesses to participate with their fi lm tourism web page. "Breaking Bad launched the screen tourism business in Albuquerque," says New Mexico Film Offi ce Director Todd Christensen. "We hope that as productions move to other scenic and unique parts of the state, fi lm fans will discover more New Mexico areas to explore ... that have a fi lm history, as well as historical and cultural attractions for tourists." These tools are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential economic impact produced by location fi lming. by Judy Schultz Photo by Oliver Upton/HBO

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