Tourist surge in latest Twilight locations

 The phenomenon that is Twilight is taking over cinemas once again with the release of its latest installment: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One, but it also seems that the popular films have affected the world of travel.

 

Locations featured in the latest film are seeing an increase in interest from film fans wanting to follow in the path of the films stars: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

 

According to accommodation site Hotels.com the town of Forks – the key setting for the entire Twilight saga – is benefiting from the gained spotlight. This month online statistics have shown that searches for rooms in the small town were up by 225 per cent.

 

Other featured locations, which have attracted Twilight fans, include: Squamish, a remote idyll north of the Canadian border in British Columba. The location is the setting of the most talked about wedding of characters Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

 

In comparison to this time last year accommodation searches have risen to 300 per cent.

 

The already popular city of Rio de Janeiro – where the newlyweds spend their honeymoon – has seen an increase in searches by up to 86 per cent.

 

Compared to November last year Vancouver, another Twilight hotspot has seen a 59 per cent growth in searches.

 

It should be noted that before Twilight fans dash off to the airport, what you see on screen bears little relation to the real world. In particular Forks, is not featured in the new Twilight film.

 

However this has not stopped tourism in the town soring by 1000 per cent since the arrival of the first Twilight novel in 2005.

 

By Charlotte Greenhalgh

The power of films – Tokyo’s international film festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group, today announced hotel specials for the Tokyo International Film Festival.

 

Taking place from October 22 to 30, TIFF is held annually in several venues across Tokyo, most events staged within Roppongi Hills in the Minato area. Roppongi Hills is a multi-function urban development comprising boutiques, cinemas, restaurants, art spaces and sculptured gardens, providing a cosmopolitan backdrop to this glamorous international event.

 

This year, two opening films kick off the event: Hollywood action ‘The Three Musketeers’, and Jackie Chan’s ‘1911’. The latter is Chan’s 100th film and is both directed by and starring the Hong Kong superstar. Other highlights include a retrospective of iconic Japanese actress Kyoko Kagawa, a presentation of Yasujiro Ozo’s 1953 masterpiece ‘Tokyo Story’, and a screening of ‘Moneyball’ with Brad Pitt, which will officially close the festival. Aside from movie screenings, TIFF includes special appearances by actors and industry-related seminars and symposiums.

 

The theme of this year’s TIFF is “Believe! The Power of Films”, which promotes Japan’s recovery from the tsunami by uniting people through a love of film. TIFF’s main fund-raising project is the ‘ARIGATO’ wristband campaign, with all donations send to the Japan Red Cross. The project recently raised funds and awareness at Cannes Film Festival, where film people from around the world showed their support through donations and well wishes.

 

As a travel destination, Tokyo is as vibrant in real life as it is onscreen. The nightlife of Shibuya, the shopping of Ginza and the costumed kids of Harajuku are even more exciting in person than they are in pictures, and travelers are assured an unforgettable experience in Tokyo at any time of year.

 

agoda.com has secured a selection of special rates just for the Tokyo Film Festival. Rates are for a limited time only, so book early!

 

Agoda.com hot hotel deals for the Tokyo Film Festival

 

Hotel New Otani Tokyo 5*

Save 40%. Rates from USD 251 per night for The Main Standard Room. Valid until October 30, 2011.

 

the b roppongi 3*

Save 20%. Rates from 163 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until October 31, 2011.

 

Akasaka Yoko Hotel 2.5*

Save 30%. Rates from USD 91 per night. Valid until October 31, 2011.

 

the b akasaka 3*

Save 15%. Rates from USD 163 per night. Must book at least 14 days in advance. Valid until March 31, 2012.

 

Tokyo Prince Hotel 3*

Save 50%. Rates from USD 118 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights, check in Sun or Mon.

 

Hotel Monterey Akasaka 3*

Save 20%. Rates from USD 166 per night. Valid until October 30, 2011.

 

APA Hotel Nishiazabu 2.5*

Save 20%. Rates from USD 120 per night. Valid until March 13, 2012.

 

Asia Center of Japan 3*

Save 10%. Rates from USD 124 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Must book at least 7 days in advance. Valid until November 23, 2011.

 

Shimbashi Atagoyama Tokyu Inn 3*

Save 30%. Rates from USD 138 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 30, 2011.

 

Shiba Park Hotel 3*

Save 20%. Rates from USD 222 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 31, 2011.