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This year's best Oscar-inspired destinations

AFP   February 21, 2013
First Published: 11:48 IST(21/2/2013) | Last Updated: 11:57 IST(21/2/2013)

Philadelphia, Washington DC and Paris are expected to reap the benefits of playing supporting role to some of this year’s Oscar-nominated films, as they welcome tourists whose visits are inspired by their favorite movie.


In advance of the biggest televised red carpet event of the year on Sunday, Hotels.com picked the trio of cities as the season’s best “destination-centric” movie sites.

The online reservations site predicts interest in Philadelphia, the setting for "Silver Linings Playbook," "Lincoln"'s Washington DC, and Paris for "Les Misérables," will likewise experience a spike in interest.

Visit Philly, for example, has created a "Silver Linings Playbook" itinerary that includes a buffet lunch at Ballroom at the Ben, where Bradley Cooper (Patrick) and Jennifer Lawrence’s (Tiffany) characters perform in the dance competition, and a performance by the Philadenco dance troupe, which appears on a poster in Tiffany’s dance studio.

While Paris has never had problems attracting tourists, "Les Misérables" is poised to spark even higher interest in the City of Light, says Hotels.com.

It’s the same prediction from LateRooms.com, which reported last month a 366 percent spike in hotel bookings for the town of Montreuil-Sur-Mer in northern France, where part of Victor Hugo’s story unfolds.

And given the Oscar buzz of "Lincoln," interest in the US capital is also expected to rise particularly with visits to historical sites and exhibits such as The Smithsonian Institute’s Civil War 150 expo, or Civil War battlefields 65 km outside the city in Manassas, Virginia and Frederick, Maryland.

Similarly, the release of the latest James Bond installment, "Skyfall," last year coincided with an increase in searches for Istanbul and Shanghai – both key filming locations for the movie – by 114 percent and 59 percent respectively, says Hotels.com.


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