Amazing Race kicks off their 20th season this weekend. A show based on traveling around the world is definitely one that sparks our interest. Have you been inspired to go on a vacation somewhere after watching a reality show. Travel industry experts are giving proof that reality shows that many think are silly and outrageous are having an influence on the travel industry.
Travel + Leisure magazine recently wrote an article that talked about how a recent episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey that took place in the Dominican Republic resulted in a 300 percent increase in web traffic for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. The hotel is now sold out for New Year’s.
This trend of reality inspiring travel has been happening for a while. The popular MTV Real World has been influencing young travelers since 1992. The CBS reality show, Survivor has influenced tourism in Malaysia, South Africa, Tahiti, New Zealand and New Guinea. The Travel Channel’s show No Reservations, Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, Keeping up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives series are a few more shows creating buzz for various locations around the world. Travel agents are taking notice of the locations featured on reality television.
Want to take your employees on an Amazing Race or Survivor Adventure? Check out Anderson Vacations. Experience Amazing Race in the Rockies where you will find Roadblocks, Detours, and Pitstops. Or Anderson Vacations can help you design your own adventure.
Has television influenced a recent trip you made or a future trip? At least you will not have to worry about getting a rose, starving on a island or rushing through an airport like the participants of some of these reality shows.