Wall Street Journal: No “Mare” Tours Yet in Nearby Delco, but Tourists are Probably Ready

Kate Winslet as 'Mare' in Mareof Easttown".
Image via HBO.

Travelers now make vacation plans around their favorite shows or movies, scheduling tours dealing with crime and murder, writes Elizabeth G. Dunn for The Wall Street Journal.

In the case of HBO’s recent hit “Mare of Easttown,” no one has yet put together a noninvasive Mare tour of Delaware County and Montgomery County.

There were those trespassers in Wallingford who visited homes used in the series, including a split-level ranch that was the exterior of Mare’s home.

But they don’t count.

Over in England, Brit Movie Tours is doing a booming business, with crime dramas its most popular offerings, sharing the same popularity as “Downton Abbey” and Harry Potter.

Lewis Swan started Brit Movie Tours in 2009, figuring he could start a touring business based on blockbuster British franchises. Touring destination requests quickly turned dark.

“There was a huge appetite for murder crime shows,” Swan said.

Closer to home, tourism from the Netflix series “Bloodline” taking place in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, created $65 million in local spending and a thousand local jobs.

“Twin Peaks” led to the luxury travel company Black Tomato offering Peaks-themed trips to Snoqualmie, Wash. where the series was filmed.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal about the popularity of vacationing around murder dramas.

Take a peek at a promo video for Brit Movie Tours.

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