Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Just two years back when the Game of Thrones fans observed Cersei Lannister walking through the busy streets of King’s Landing, as Septa Unella rung a bell shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” At present, those streets shown in the mega hit telecasted in HBO’s are equally crowded in real life. Dubrovnik, Croatia has been recently hit by a major tourist boom to such an extent that the city is currently in a mode to fight against overcrowding.
All through the seven seasons of the show, Dubrovnik has been extensively featured acting as the setting of King’s Landing, the capital city where one can find the titular Iron Throne sitting. As expressed by the city mayor, almost 10% of the growth in tourism in Dubrovnik has been caused by the immense popularity of Game of Thrones. As Quartz mentioned, Throne’s tourism assisted Croatia to come out of a tough period of recession which started on 2009 and continued till 2014, although its economy is still 7% smaller than it was in 2008.
“We became too popular in the last couple of years, we became a victim to our own success,” Ivan Vukovic, who has led tours in the ancient city for 12 years, told MONEY.
“So many more Americans and Canadians come here because of the show,” Vukovic said. “It is easier to learn history if you connect it to some scenes from the show as it has a lot of medieval history in common.”
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