Carry On: Famous filming locations around the world are waiting for your arrival

Filming locations around the world get ready for their close-ups then reap the benefits from tourism for years to come. Check out these picture-perfect destinations

B.C. residents know the economic impact of our Hollywood North and Hallmark movie-perfect locations, and the well-trodden paths fans follow to popular filming hot spots. Influenced by binge-watching and blockbuster viewing, travellers increasingly book trips based on what we see on screen, according to recent American Express and Expedia surveys. Here are a few of this year’s screen-inspired stops.

Koh Samui, Thailand: HBO’s binge-worthy White Lotus series is reportedly filming its upcoming third season at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui (following seasons based at the brand’s Wailea property on Maui and San Domenico Palace in Taormina).

Australian Outback: Much of the ­Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga action happens in Australia’s parched, apocalyptic-looking remote interior, and around dusty towns like Broken Hill and Silverton.

Fort Ricasoli, Malta: When Gladiator 2 comes out this fall, the weathered 17th-century fort from the original 2000 film will be back in vogue.

Prague, Czech Republic: Glimpse the charming capital in the backdrop of John Wick spin-off Ballerina this summer, and in the Nosferatu remake out later this year.

Kingston, Jamaica: The Bob Marley biopic One Love ignited new interest in Kingston, already a fan magnet for the popular Bob Marley Museum, located in his former home.

Wadi Rum, Jordan: Doubling as the planet of Arrakis in Dune 2, this desert valley a couple of hours south of Petra was also featured in Lawrence of Arabia and has played two different planets in the Star Wars universe.

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In Oscar Wilde’s famous fiction, Dorian Gray always looks young, and with sexy rooftop restaurant The Wilde on 27, event space for up to 250 people and a killer executive boardroom, Calgary’s newest boutique hotel The Dorian is where cool kids do ­business.

Jet Setter

Wendy Avis

YVR has a couple of modest goals: achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, and becoming “the world’s greenest airport,” says director of ­climate and environment Wendy Avis. She’s helping nudge the airport that way, in partnership with industry, local business, government and the Musqueam First Nation, on whose unceded and traditional territory the airport sits.

While wheeling to your next gate, you might notice LED lighting upgrades (in partnership with BC Hydro and Delta Tritec Group, a qualified Musqueam Business), an airport operations vehicle fleet increasingly powered by renewable diesel and even Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Project Green YVR initiatives, from a Waste Wars competition among food and beverage outlets to YVR Green Excellence Awards for local businesses, encourage the whole YVR community to get on board.

As a traveller “deeply committed to sustainable practices,” Avis offers some earth-friendly tips. Take public transit to airports—easy at YVR, where the Canada Line rapid rail connects to the ­international and domestic terminals. Choose direct flights, as they “typically result in lower overall carbon emissions compared to connecting flights,” Avis says. Purchase carbon offsets, available seamlessly through many airline booking platforms: YVR itself offsets its emissions through B.C.-based Coastal First Nations’ Great Bear Forest Carbon Project.