Is 'Lord of the Rings' Tourism Coming to an End in New Zealand?
New Zealand has been a tourist hotspot for more than several years now thanks to the Lord of the Rings movies, which were filmed among the green grasses and awe-inspiring landscape of the country, and now that another film is on the way, it looks like the Hobbits will return. Or will they?
According to the Daily Mail, Lord of the Rings may be headed to Eastern Europe, if industry pay negotiations don't go well, now that an actors union in New Zealand is making allegations against director Peter Jackson and the studio. Of course millions of dollars have already been spent to create the environment needed to film the movies, including the "Hobbiton" hobbit village, but that won't stop Jackson from moving the production if needs be.
So where would they go in Eastern Europe if this New Zealand situation comes to an impasse? Top of our list, we'd guess Romania, since the varied landscape of the country could provide the bucolic and yet dramatic settings for The Hobbit movie. And you can bet that if the movie moves there, or anywhere else, that the film tourists will follow. Actually, if the production does end up in a new place, that would then give Lord of the Rings fans a whole new vacation destination.
[Photo: Daily Mail]