Star Wars boost: Tourism Ireland predicting record 2016 with 8m visitors expected

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fans, box offices gear up for seventh ‘Star Wars’.

Much in the way Game of Thrones boosted Northern Ireland’s tourism, Tourism Ireland is expecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens to have a similar effect. The all-island body is aiming to make next year another record-breaking one for tourism but the agency’s chief executive, Niall Gibbons, also cautioned against businesses raising prices as the economy recovers. Part of the new Star Wars movie was filmed on Skellig Micheal off the coast of Kerry which, at the time, faced opposition from several environmental protestors. R2-KT, a pink iteration of iconic blue-and-white Star Wars droid R2-D2, was created by South Carolina father Albin Johnson for daughter Katie after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2004.

After the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, new marketing for “Ireland’s Ancient East” will be launched promoting 5,000 years of history in the south and east. IT finds Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke character telling Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, “Even you have never faced such a test.” There’s a lot of action in this fast-moving teaser that features Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).

The tourism body says that it expects that by the end of the year some eight million tourists will have visited Ireland, making it the best year for Irish tourism ever. Ren, who will be played by Girls actor Adam Driver, was revealed in earlier trailers vowing to “finish what you started” as he looks at Darth Vader’s melted helmet. Mr Johnson, founder of Star Wars cosplay organisation the 501st Legion, collaborated with the R2 Builder’s club to create an “astromech” droid model with a custom pink paint-job, especially for Katie. I think the closest comparison for fandom is probably the ‘Harry Potter’ series,” said David Huffman, director of marketing for the company operating the cinema.

Speaking about the opportunity that Ireland has to attach itself to the Star Wars brand in 2016, chief executive officer at Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons, told Newstalk that it will be very beneficial for Ireland. “It’s the most anticipated movie in history as you know some of it has been filmed in Skellig Micheal. He declined to name the early-bird customer. “But we’ve never had someone buy out the entire facility before.” You don’t need to know Boba Fett from the new BB-8 droid to realize the seventh “Star Wars” movie in 38 years is a colossal cinematic, pop culture, merchandising and even spiritual event. It has even had a cameo in Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars as droid QT-KT. “Mary Franklin of Lucasfilm asked me to pitch the idea to Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm President), and after hearing the story of our pink ambassador of hope, Lucasfilm requested we ship her off to London early last year,” he wrote. As creator George Lucas once said, the sci-fi saga is designed to make people think about the larger mysteries of life and not just what happened to your Topps trading cards.

An aged Han Solo (Harrison Ford, soon to be attending a fan event in Australia) does no such thing, though, clambering out of the wreckage of a rebel craft to shoot down an approaching stormtrooper. People forget that ‘Titanic’ opened with $28 million,” he said, although rapturous repeat viewings pumped its worldwide gross to $1.8 billion plus. “Star Wars” arrives in the digital age, when theaters can easily add more showings, and social media is fueling demand and could dampen desire if moviegoers are disappointed with the latest entry in the franchise, which has grossed more than $4.3 billion worldwide.

The new clip shows a huge rally of the forces of the dark side, plus the effects of their weaponry (as an entire sky is turned red), more aerial battles, more of Finn and much more of Kylo Ren’s power and authority. Among those with a ticket is Keith Fuller, chef and owner of Root 174 in Regent Square, chef/​co-owner of soon-to-open Pork & Beans in Downtown and a “Star Wars” super-fan.

Not surprising for a man who sports a tattoo of Steve Buscemi as Darth Vader on the back of his left calf, an inky portrait on his stomach of Darth Vader eating a cheeseburger and other Dark Lord tats. At 36, he is too young to have been gobsmacked in the theater by the first three releases between 1977 and ’83 and known by the Roman numerals IV, V and VI. His introduction largely came through videotapes, action figures and other toys. “I just got married and my wife had never actually seen ‘Star Wars,’ which was almost a deal breaker,” he said of Kathleen Joritz. “She said, ‘I want to watch them.’ Cool. Unlike moviegoers who first discovered the “Star Wars” universe in the ’70s, fans today can use social media to keep up with and engage about every detail as release day approaches. For its latest release, “Star Wars” has tapped into one of the newer outlets in the online arsenal:​StarWars, where charitable donations can earn prizes, including a trip to attend the London or Los Angeles premieres of “The Force Awakens.” Twitter lit up this month with scenes of Harrison Ford surprising donors via Skype.

There is so much out there that it’s nice to know that has a member of the Lucasfilm team known as the Social Scanner who vets the galaxy of posts about every branch of “Star Wars” for you, with new entries posted on Fridays. How am I supposed to get anything done?????” The buildup to the launch day included the designation of Sept. 4 as Force Friday, a day that lit a fire under toy sales that continues to burn. The guesstimate by the vice president of the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. in Chicago is based on 10,000 screens with an average theater capacity of 225 and four shows a day for those 9 million patrons. “That $600 million in lost productivity is a tiny drop in the bucket in terms of wages that are paid every day,” Mr.

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