The Lost Landmarks

Here they are. My suggestions of landmarks that I think are a must see and that weren’t present on the 60 Landmarks to See Before You Die article. I haven’t been to every country so my short list is compiled from places that I have personally been and photographed.

Now I can recommend them to you.

If you have a landmark that you feel should be included please feel free to share and together we can create a personalised collection of recommended landmarks to visit.

The Lost Landmarks

Thanks to The Blue Spade for the suggestion that inspired this post.

Further Reading:

Film Tourism

Game of thrones is on a lot of people’s radar at the moment. It has helped changed the face of TV but it has also changed the way we travel. Since appearing on the show destinations such as Ireland and Croatia have become top places to visit. And the tourism industry is starting capitalize with themed tours and activities.

Books and films play a large part in modern culture. When a certain medium hits the global audience it can then affect other areas including tourism. These affects could be anything from more visitors to areas of particular importance to the increase in employment. This is a fairly new tourism phenomenon that is increasing rapidly as books and films are brought to a larger audience, acting as an advert for destinations.

Lord of the Rings changed tourism in New Zealand. Due to the success of the movies and fans of the books there has been a surge in what is now called Tolkien Tourism, which is when people visit areas associated with the films, the book or Tolkien’s life. New Zealand has seen a reported 50% increase in tourism since the release of peter Jackson’s trilogy in 2001.  I have never been to New Zealand but after seeing Lord of the Rings it has definitely made its way onto places to visit in the future.

With the increase in these areas and the demand for new services relating to this phenomenon there will continue to be a large market and people reaching new and interesting areas. The success that New Zealand has seen will not be the first, currently Iceland is experience in the same thing as it has been picked as a filming location for many recent science fiction films.

The future for these destinations looks great as they are able to negotiate for better benefits and attract tourists. The latest Avatar sequels are due to be filmed in New Zealand over the next few years. The studio has made a $400 million deal with the New Zealand government involving the filming and production of the movies, this will lead to an increase in employment and possibly a further increase in tourism as people see the movies. 

Films and TV have changed the way we make our travel choices. Where have you visited since your saw it on the big screen?

Film Tourism

Game of Thrones fans may recognize this as Meereen.

Find out how to visit Klis Fortress HERE

Dubrovnik – King’s Landing

Now with the success of Game of Thrones Croatia has been attracting its fair share of attention with many destinations featuring in the show. Dubrovnik doubles as Kings Landing, Klis Fortress as Meereen and many other smaller locations through out the country. Since the show started tourism in Iceland, Ireland and Croatia has increased, hotel bookings in Morocco are up by 100%!

Dubrovnik was an expensive city and it makes me wonder if their Game of Thrones success had played a part in this. The walk around the city walls, even though it was magnificent, was over priced. Does filming bring money to the area or is it just tourism? Just down the coast a hotel is left abandoned, its courtyard another filming location.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Follow the link below to see Dubrovnik in Game of Thrones:

So I went to King’s Landing aka Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nature Tourism

Nature tourism is an increasing segment of the tourism industry which encompasses many activities that centre on the participants engaging with nature. This segment takes place largely in a natural setting with emphasis on understanding and conservation of the natural environment. The places associated with nature tourism has always included forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and the coast, these areas are usually protected as National Parks.

Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, Croatia

In the U.S.A in the 19th century there was the national park movement where many areas became protected as National Parks or National Monuments, this led to them being heavily visited during the 20th century. Early infrastructure was developed including car parking, trails and visitor centres, this was then adopted by other countries but with national and cultural differences. For example in Scandinavia they have “everyman’s right” which has led to more countryside being available for access whereas in the U.S.A they have strong private property rights.

Generally there is a greater awareness of the environment and its issues that include pollution, deforestation and global warming. Governments and environmental organisations are taking these issues seriously at both a national and international level. People’s interest in these issues has changed accordingly and they want to engage in nature or Ecotourism and partake in activities that have a benefit to the local environment. Due to this increased awareness it has become easier to manage these protected areas as people understand the need for this action.

This has not been the case in Virunga National Park in Congo. Park rangers are armed with guns and willing to give their lives in order to protect the natural environment and the last home of the mountain gorilla on the planet. Virunga is both a National Park and UNESCO heritage site but has been under increasing pressure since oil was found in the park. Large oil companies are able to throw money at a problem until they eventually get their way, if we are not careful we will lose a truly unique place on Earth.

Virunga National Park

In order to increase nature tourism a high quality environment is needed in order to attract visitors, this results in a reduction in negative effects on the areas and a reduced risk of conflict with local communities. With the popularity of nature tourism increasing it will actively contribute to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. But if the area is affected by lack of management or over-exploitation, like what is happening in Virunga, it will lose its attractiveness to visitors. It is important for nature tourism development to encourage community involvement to be sustainable, this can be done through local and indigenous communities being included in the planning, development and participation.

Given the increased pressures on the environment as well as the changing social, economic and demographic conditions, nature tourism is a segment that needs to be continually under review. If we as tourists are not mindful about our travel these places may not last for future generations.