International media Game of Thrones visit
In 2017, almost 15% of International Media Visits facilitated by Tourism Northern Ireland showcased NI’s screen tourism experience including Game of Thrones® locations. A highlight for the year included several international media participating in the Game of Thrones® specific media visit in March/April 2017. Media from Canada, Italy, Austria, Belux, France, GB, Germany, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and USA travelled to Northern Ireland for the trip.
Media participated in interactive visitor experiences including archery and bike riding at Castle Ward as well as a guided coach trips stopping at key filming locations in County Down and along the Causeway Coastal route.
Key media who visited NI during 2017 included: Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden; Chaine Voyage – The Travel Network, France; Express.co.uk, GB; The Times of India, India; Reishonger.nl, Netherlands; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany; Viajeros and El Economista, Spain
As a result widespread on and off-line media coverage has been achieved in markets close to home as well as in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and Asia. A weighted PR value for Game of Thrones® international media visits is estimated at £12 million in 2017.
In May 2018, Tourism NI facilitated another Game of Thrones® International Media trip with a total of 17 journalist in attendance from key markets including GB, Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Spain and USA.
Tourism NI have hosted a number of press trips, competitions in ROI outlets and issue regular editorial on Game of Thrones®. Journalists or media outlets based in the Republic of Ireland planning a media visit to Northern Ireland Game of Thrones® Territory should contact Tourism NI’s ROI PR Unit:
Tel: 01 865 1887 (Dublin)
Chinese Prize Winners Visit Northern Ireland
Ten Chinese fans of Game of Thrones have been visiting Northern Ireland. They were the lucky winners of a competition organised by Tourism Ireland and Tourism NI in China.
Tourism Ireland in China teamed up with HBO Asia for Season 7 of Game of Thrones – to remind Game of Thrones fans that Northern Ireland is one of the main filming locations for the hugely popular TV series. The promotion ran on five popular online platforms as well as on HBO’s and Tourism Ireland’s social channels – reaching more than 14 million people around China. It featured a competition, with a chance to win a trip to Northern Ireland to explore the ‘real life Westeros’.
HBO Asia Prize-winners Northern Ireland Trip of a Lifetime
Footage of Northern Ireland’s unique Game of Thrones® visitor experiences is to be beamed out to television viewers across Malaysia through the HBO Sentral program. The Camera crew for HBO Sentral, visited Northern Ireland to film the winners from Astro’s 20th anniversary contest for of a money-can’t-buy trip to Game of Thrones® territory. The competition winners flew here from Kuala Lumpur after winning the competition for a five-day tour of the now-iconic Game of Thrones® filming locations.