Film and literary tourism are not novel ideas, but a new tour giving fans the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and other stars of ‘The Hunger Games’ has put a fresh spin on the long tradition of film and book-based sightseeing.
Based in Brevard, North Carolina, The Hunger Games Fan Tours primarily leads would-be ‘tributes’ on a journey through nearby DuPont State Recreational Forest, where scenes from the movie were shot, allowing fans to zip line through the ‘arena’ for action packed viewing or take classes in camouflage, archery, fire making and shelter building.
In addition to sharing in the adventures of their fictional heroes, devotees of the franchise are also taken to places like neighboring Asheville, where cast and crew of the film were based during much of the summer shoot.
Brevard and Transylvania County film liaison and tour co-founder Tammy Hopkins said the idea had been inspired simply by demand.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook with folks wanting to go see the film locations,” she remarked.
The marketing trapp president and tour co-founder Leigh Trapp said fan tours for movies and books had become increasingly popular, as readers and viewers wanted to experience first hand the worlds in which their favorite characters lived.
“These tours give them a great way to see some of the movie locations – and share in the experience of participating in Hunger Games-themed adventures with other like-minded fans,” said Ms Trapp, who has also produced and guided Harry Potter tours in the United Kingdom and Twilight series tours in the Pacific Northwest.
The Hunger Games Fan Tours offers day tours of DuPont State Recreational Forest and weekend packages at Earthshine Mountain Lodge that include a variety of adventure activities.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H