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Filmmakers, the Philippines Wants You
I’ve often wondered why we haven’t seen, say, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol or the pristine sands of Boracay, Palawan, or the Calaguas Islands up on the screen in more Hollywood films. The Philippines offers an ideal location for any filmmaker with no shortage of friendly faces, gorgeous views, inexpensive labor, and a large English-speaking populace.
My thoughts on this matter may soon be a thing of the past, however, as the Philippines Department of Tourism is being urged by international travel search engines and Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzare to promote film tourism in the country. Joachim Holte, chief marketing officer of Wego said, “Both destination marketers and filmmakers have recognized that film-induced tourism creates a mutually beneficial promotion and caters to the growing desire of travellers seeking out the more unusual destinations and experience.”
This has proven true time and again. “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies have done great things for tourism in New Zealand. As well, Leonardo DiCaprio hit “The Beach” made Koh Phi Phi one of the most sought after destinations in Thailand. Let’s just hope that if they do flock to the Philippines, that they leave these places as beautiful and pristine as they found them.