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Georgia is using selfies to promote tourism
Eli Dile   on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Who knew the convenience store from My Cousin Vinny was still in business? Or that you can still order fried green tomatoes from the Whistle Stop Cafe? Both of these businesses are in Georgia, and without prior knowledge, even fans of these films visiting the state might pass them by without knowing it. Now, the Peach State is putting these places on the map, literally.

The Georgia Film Selfie Spot Tour directs visitors along self-guided tours of the state’s prominent filming locations. Georgia Tourism created an interactive online map that pinpoints the shooting locations of 33 famous films and TV shows broken down by region. The program encourages visitors to snap a selfie at each location and post it to social media with the hashtags #GeorgiaFilm and #ExploreGeorgia.

Georgia has become a major filming destination thanks in part to tax credits that can reduce up to 30 percent of production costs. In fiscal year 2017, the film industry generated a $9.5 billion economic impact with $2.7 billion in direct spending (Atlanta Business Chronicle). Georgia Tourism hopes to keep that impact going long after production crews have left town by encouraging fans to keep visiting these locations for years to come.

Image: Gwen Morrison / CC BY-NC 2.0

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