Cornwall braces for ‘unsustainable’ tourism due to Dragon House
Some fear fans will flock to Cornwall because of the series
There’s not long to wait game of thrones fans to finally return to the world of Westeros, with a prequel series Dragon House on our screens Sunday evening.
But while millions of fans around the world will be counting the hours, some aren’t so excited for the show’s arrival.
just like game of thrones, Dragon House was filmed in stunning locations and landscapes.
Locations across Northern Ireland have become destinations for die-hard fans to pilgrimage to see where some of their favorite scenes took place.
For House of the Dragon, much filming took place in England, including Cornwall.
Filming for the prequel series actually began with a two-week shoot in Cornwall.
St Michael’s Mount has been used to represent Driftmark, the ancestral home of House Velaryon, who will be key players in the upcoming HBO series.
During this time Holywell Beach was used to film some scenes and a military camp was set up at Kynance Cove.
Inevitably, fans will flock to these places once the series begins.
But the Guardian reports that this is a cause for concern for some tourism workers in the region who are already struggling to cope with the growing holiday market.
Mike Bevens, managing director of accommodation provider Sawday’s, said: “Some holiday operators’ constant insatiable desire for growth is unsustainable.
“The industry cannot continue to gorge on the bounty of local infrastructure, communities and the environment without considering the longer-term effects.”
But others are excited about the potential increase in tourism.
Malcolm Bell, Managing Director of Visit Cornwall, said: “We hope House of the Dragon will allow us to reach younger audiences around the world.”
House of the Dragon is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and focuses on the story of the Targaryen family.
The series involves an ensemble cast including Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, and Graham McTavish.