With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, travel experts expect Star Wars-themed tourism to grow exponentially. There are dozens of locations Star Wars fans can (and do) choose to visit every year. Anyone putting together their own intergalactic bucket list should take a look at the locales listed below.
First, fans who wants to see Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine must visit the Tunisian desert Djerba. Here you’ll get to tour Skywalker’s home and the infamous Mos Eisley cantina. You can also take a short trip to the nearby cities of Tozeur and Matmata to see more Star Wars filming locations and stay in the Hotel Sidi Driss.
For a soothing Star Wars voyage, travel experts recommend booking a trip to Villa del Balbianello, which is alongside Italy’s Lake Como. All of the scenes that took place on the planet Naboo in Star Wars: Episode III were filmed right here. This is an exceptional vacation idea for couples looking for a Star Wars-themed romantic getaway.
Probably the easiest Star Wars filming location for Americans to visit is the Redwoods State Park in California. This site was used to film all the scenes on the forest planet Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI. While you’re in California, you should also check out Death Valley National Park. A few Tatooine scenes were filmed in Death Valley.
Finally, if you don’t mind the cold, take a trip to the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway to experience the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Locals are used to Star Wars fans visiting this region and a few hotels host special “Visit Hoth” events. Note, you can only take a tour of the glacier between July and September.
TRIP ADVISOR UPS THE GAME WITH AND ENHANCED WEBSITE
The travel booking industry is infiltrated with top-notch and not-so-desirable applications. They are all competing for space in the highly lucrative travel and hospitality industries. Travel website Trip Advisor has been at it for some time and brags as the “world’s largest travel site.”
In fact, this could just be true if the 390 million average unique monthly visitors and over 500 million reviews for hotels, restaurants and other travel destinations are anything to go by.
TripAdvisor has opted to stand apart as competition stiffens, eating into revenues generated. The website’s new look gives users a more personalized look, with an advanced app for use on iOS and Android devices. This move is clearly on target considering that almost half of its traffic came from mobile devices in 2016, which accounted for a 29 percent increase.
Other notable refinements include a new desktop home page which has a simple design layout and quick visibility.A filter that indicates “Best Value” also pops up.The filter is based on data collected by TripAdvisor in reference to prices, popularity, ratings, and personal preferences. User reviews and distance, as well as cost, are some matrices that can help you filter through to get the best value.
Eateries and restaurants have been categorized into “Cheap Eats,” “Fine Dining,” “Mid-Range” and several other filter categories.This makes it easy to choose a preferred joint quickly and if you like it, you can still book your space without leaving the website. This has been enabled through integration of website with Open Table, a restaurant booking service.
One of the most interesting developments on the website is the mini-guide a visitor is given once they choose their preferred city.As you indulge in this, you can navigate through filterable results for vacation rentals, restaurants and things to do.
This development is likely to awaken competitor aggressiveness and it will be interesting to watch further developments unfold in the near future.