This research aims to investigate the historical overview and current situation of Thailand film tourism, based on research on texts and documents. Research offers the categorization by original stakeholder’s producing, in which, consists of Western film production, Bollywood production, China film production and Thai local film production.Tourism discipline primarily focused on the numbers of people visiting the places featured in movies and Hollywood has played an important role. The nail-shaped island popularized by The Man With The Golden Gun, classic films such as The Deer Hunter, The Killing Fields, box office hit The Hangover Part II and The beach, the country has proven itself as a favorite location for international filmmakers. In recent years, Indian filmmakers have introduced Thailand’s destinations on their films, Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya emerges as hubs for filming Bollywood movies. And the last evidence is Lost in Thailand which causes Chinese want to experience Thailand more, especially Chiang Mai.Meanwhile, Thai local cinemas could meet success in international market, for example, Ong Bark, Shutter, Pee Mak and the latest hit in China Bad Genius, all could not do their best in promoting the filming location, but these films act in the form of cultural tourism and become the source of information on certain aspects of the country such as nature, culture and people which result in the construction of the attitudes towards the country, contributing factor to making a decision to actually visit the country rather than to follow filming locations.
Thapthep Paprach, Silpakorn University, Thailand
Rohani Hashim, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
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