The LG Travel News Roundup: Hunger Games Inspires New Tourism Trend

Weekly Travel News — By on March 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Hunger Games TourismHunger Games Tourism
While the Hunger Games franchise is raking in millions from it’s hit movie debut, North Carolina is seeing an influx of tourists who want to see where the film was shot. Many of the film’s scenes were shot in the 10,400-acre wilderness in DuPont State Forest. Even the off-screen locales are of interest to tourists: Where the actors ate, slept, shopped, and what they did for fun. Source: CNN

Re-opened: Kensington Palace
The Kensington Palace has reopened to the public after a £12 million renovation. The upgrade allows visitors to go around the palace, see a light sculpture titled Luminous Lace and visit four exhibits. The exhibits will include one dedicated to Queen Victoria that traces her life spent in the palace. Source: Daily Mail

Nature Class is Now in Session
Not a nature person? Can’t call yourself “outdoorsy?” Fret not: There’s a class for that! A three day workshop (“Becoming an Outdoors-Woman”) caters to women who are new to nature and outdoors activity. Hosted in Florida, the workshop includes courses in boating, kayaking, whitetail deer, fishing, knot-tying and outdoor photography. Source: USA Today

Grand Canyon: To Develop or Not To Develop
The east rim of the Grand Canyon, which remains untouched and undeveloped, is now part of a debate over development. According to Navajo President Ben Shelly, developing the land could bring up to $70 million in revenue and create over 2,000 jobs. What’s more, it would increase tourism to the Grand Canyon. Source: Huffington Post
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  • Ryan Hoody says:

    I had no idea they filmed in North Carolina. I love finding beautiful travel destinations domestically, removing the need for complicated visas and expensive flights. I hope they don’t develop it to try and boost tourism. It looks fine as is. We have such little pristine nature left. Sure, it will bring $70 million, but what will they sacrifice long term? What are your thoughts on the development?

    Great article,