"Stefan Roesch is the world's leading expert on how to implement a film tourism strategy into a country's destination marketing plan."Jirí Duzár, Assistant Director, Czech Tourism USA & CanadaContact Stefan
Establishment of Film-Focused Management and Communication Structures
We support DMO’s and film commissions to establish the management and communication structures necessary to professionally map out film tourism campaigns.
Film Tourism Market Potential Analyses
At the core of a film-focused market potential analysis is the assessment of the film script. We refer to a very specific catalogue of success indicators which we have carefully developed and applied over the past ten years. The film and tourism target groups are examined in terms of any existing compatibilities.
Filmic Place Branding and Place Marketing
Filmic place branding and place marketing have a number of advantages over conventional destination marketing. Fictional film productions tell universal stories which are highly emotional and have a wide reach. Destination marketing via film and TV is not perceived as promotion (below-the-line-advertising) and the advertising value equivalency (AVE) in film tourism commonly reaches a relation of 1:10 or higher.
Creation and Implementation of Film Tourism Products
There are a number of elements essential to any professional and sustainable film tourism product. This not only includes film location tours but also alternative film tourism products, such as themed hotel packages, film-related exhibitions, film museums, events or travel packages.
Market Research with Film-induced Tourists (Qualitative and Quantitative)
It has been widely accepted that film locations contribute to the pull factor of a destination, but they are not the only decisive factor for a travel decision. Determining the actual influence of film and TV on travel behaviour is difficult. It can be hard for participants of a film location tour to articulate the influence of the underlying film production on their destination selection. We advise a combination of different data collection methods, such as complementing surveys with qualitative interviews.
Evaluation of Location Placement Values (LPVs)
It is necessary to conduct a live-assessment of the effect of the involved locations on the audience and the subsequent LPV calculation requires extensive desk research in order to identify viewing numbers and product placement values.
Tourism-focused Script Analyses
A tourism-focused script analysis evaluates how the portrayed locations are tied into the film’s storyline. The intensity of integration determines the tourism potential of the film or TV series. Such an analysis provides necessary insights when planning a future marketing campaign around the film production.
This is a selection of some of the film tourism projects Stefan has worked on in the past:
Association of Film Commissioners International
"What I appreciate most about Stefan's approach is that he really gets into the mind of the film tourist. Estimating the popularity of a film, the demographics of its audience and the visual quality of the locations is a good start, but are you providing an experience fans desire and creating an environment they'll want to engage with over and over again? This is the area where Stefan excels."
Jerry Day, Director of Content & Communications, Association of Film Commissioners International
Tourism Northern Ireland
"Engaging Stefan to advise on Northern Ireland’s film tourism journey was an inspiration. With Northern Ireland being the principal film location for Game of Thrones Stefan was asked to assess Northern Ireland’s Game of Thrones visitor experience. He provided expert advice on how to maximise this amazing opportunity and ran a film location workshop for tour guides. In addition, Stefan provided consultations to individual businesses. It was a pleasure working with Stefan and an invaluable learning experience."
Judith Webb, Development Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland
"As a national tourism organisation, with the aim of increasing our efforts within the film tourism area, is has been very helpful having Stefan onboard as a consultant. He’s helped us define our film strategy as well as providing us with a methodology to assess potential film projects. He's been professional and effective, and we'll definitely use his skills again in the future."
Signe Lüth Di Liberto, Int. Project Manager Branding, VisitDenmark
"Stefan is the world’s leading expert on how to implement a film tourism strategy into a county’s destination marketing plan. He’s given a few key note speeches at our conferences, taught us and our business partners many valuable tips and helped to set our focus in the right direction."
Jiri Duzar, Assistant Director | Digital & Strategy Manager, Czech Tourism USA & Canada
"I have had the pleasure of working with Stefan for a number of years. Stefan has a real passion for screen tourism and he has been advising VisitBritain, the national tourism agency in the UK on several movie projects including Paddington and the James Bond films. His ideas have always been very creative and innovative and thanks to Stefan a particular recent one – creating a Paddington movie tour of London – has become a reality."
Denitsa Mihova, Senior Partner Marketing Manager, VisitBritain
"Stefan Roesch is one of the few that knows film tourism inside out. From being a Lord of the Rings tour guide in New Zealand, to researching and advising on film tourism campaigns across the world, Stefan is a knowledgeable and resourceful expert!"
Matti Allam, Euroscreen Project & Communications Coordinator, Film London
"Stefan Rösch is a pioneer in the field of film tourism. Long before tourism experts realised how important film and TV for tourism is and how countries, regions and cities can benefit from it, Stefan had the right vision. Today he is the leading expert in film tourism."
Arie Bohrer, Austrian Film Commissioner, Location Austria
Bayern Tourismus Marketing
"Everyone who wants to become active in the business field of film and tourism should work with Stefan and benefit from his long term expertise and knowledge. Don't miss the chance to be prepared for this high potential and particular business segment."
Anja Metzger, Film Commissioner (CFC), FFF Film Commission Bayern
Cine Tirol Film Commission
"In 2008, Stefan helped us to set up film tourism around the German TV series The Mountain Doctor in the destination of Wilder Kaiser in Tyrol which has become a great success. In 2013, the destination was awarded the Tyrolean Tourism Award for Best Marketing Campaign."
Johannes Koeck, Director, Cine Tirol Film Commission
Stefan has presented on the topic of film tourism at over thirty international workshops and conferences.
- Video Keynote, Snowball Conference 2016, Lillehammer, Norway, March 2016
- Industry Conference on Game of Thrones Tourism, Belfast, January 2016 (keynote)
- PRVA Panel Discussion on Film Tourism, Innsbruck, Austria, January 2016
- AFCI Cineposium, Barcelona, Spain
- Mixed Reality, Malmö, Sweden (keynote)
- Film Festival „Finale Plzen“, Czech Republic (keynote)
- EuroScreen Project, Film London, UK (keynote)
- Bayerischer Tourismustag, Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH, Munich, Germany
- Stuttgart Film Commission, Stuttgart, Germany (keynote)
- AFCI Locations Show, Los Angeles (keynote)
- 150% OF THE FILM IN THE REGION, Krakow Film Commission, Poland (keynote)
- ICCT – International Conference on Cinema and Tourism, Portugal (keynote)
- Mini EAVE, Turku, Finland (keynote)
- CIT 2012, Suddansk University, Denmark (keynote)
- 2nd Int. Conference of Cinema and Advertising, University of Girona, Spain (keynote)
- Czech Tourism Forum, Czech Republic (keynote)
- Film Festival Oostende, Oostende, Belgium (keynote)
- FilmFyn, Denmark (keynote)
- Bayern Tourismus Marketing Workshop, Munich, Germany (keynote)
- Mallorca Film Commission, Spain (keynote)
- Screen Tourism, London
- Turkish Film Commissions Workshop, Antalya, Turkey (keynote)
- European Film Commission Network, Brussels (keynote)
- Fjord 2.0, Bergen, Norway (keynote)
- Art&Tur Film Tourism Festival, Barcelos, Portugal (keynote)
- DTV Städte- und Kulturforum, Potsdam, Germany
- DSFT-Seminar, Berlin, Germany
- Mixed Reality, Ystad, Sweden
- ODIT and Film France, Marseille, France
- Stroer Media Festival of Promotion, Warsaw, Poland (keynote)
- AFCI Cineposium, Wellington, New Zealand
- Cine Tirol Film Tourism Event, Austria (keynote)
- Tourismusforum Tirol, Austria
- Ischia Cineturismo Convention, Ischia, Italy
- Cine Tirol Film Tourism Event, Austria
Roesch, S. (forthcoming 2017) 'Film Tourism in the Golden Age of Television'. In: Lundberg, Ch. & Ziakas, V. (eds.) Handbook of Popular Culture and Tourism. London: Routledge.
Roesch, S. (forthcoming 2017) 'Filmtourismus – Vom Reisen an den Originaldrehort'. In: Klein, A., Pröbstle & Schmidt-Ott, T. (eds.): Kulturtourismus. Welche Kultur? Welches Publikum? Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.
Roesch, S. (forthcoming 2017) 'Filmtourismus Down Under'. In: Pforr, C. & Reiser, D. (eds.): Tourismus in Australien und Neuseeland. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Roesch, S. (2009) 'The Experiences of Film Location Tourists'. Channel View Publications: London.
With a foreword by Academy Award® Winner Sir Richard Taylor
- Format: soft- or hard cover – 272 pages
- ISBN: 9781845411206
- Published on 16 December 2009
Within the last decade film-induced tourism has gained increasing attention from academics and the industry alike. While most research has focused on the tourism-inducing effects of film productions, not much has been written about the film location tourists themselves. This book examines the on-site experiences of these tourists by drawing from various disciplines, including geography, sociology and psychology. The author accompanied tourists to film locations from The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Sound of Music and conducted extensive on-site research with them. The results show that only by understanding the needs and wants of film location tourists can film be utilised as a successful and sustainable instrument within strategic destination marketing portfolios.
“The phenomenon of film tourism is still a new field of study, and although we know that film and television inspires people to travel to film locations, we don’t fully understand why. This book is therefore extremely timely and important, and delivers incisive commentary from one of the world’s foremost experts in this niche area. This is a unique, highly readable resource for anyone interested in this dynamic part of the tourism industry.“ - Prof. Simon Hudson, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, USA
“This book is an extremely useful tool for VisitBritain to identify the global importance of film tourism and the impact on other destinations and attractions. It is essential reading for anyone in the tourism industry who wants to use film tourism as a ‘hook’ and I would certainly recommend it to any destination marketeer.“ - Alison McKay, Brand Partnerships Manager at VisitBritain
Stefan has been interviewed on the topic of film tourism by the following media:
- Screen Daily_March/April 2017
- Die Brücke, Austria_February 2017
- DB MOBIL_November 2016
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Interview)_November 2016
- SAISON 01_March 2016
- Radio ORF Tirol_January 2016
- TRAVELNEWS_January 2016
- Tiroler Tageszeitung_January 2016
- Horizont 1_2016
- Hotel & Touristik 10_2015
- Absatzwirtschaft 05_2015
- Variety 04_2015
- International Business Times 02_2015
- Salzburger Nachrichten 01_2015
- Financial Times Australia 12_2014
- Hotel News Now 06_2014
- Variety 03_2014
- BBC Travel 02_2014
- Süddeutsche Zeitung 12_2013
- Skift Report “The Rise of Destination Marketing Through Movies and TV” 12_2013
- Deutschland Radio Wissen 10_2013
- CNN Travel Online 02_2013
- Hemispheres Inflight Magazine 09_2012
- De Standaard 09_2011
- Téoros: Revue de Recherche en Tourisme, No. 30-1 2011
- Public Marketing 03_2011
- Schweizer Touristik 25/10_12_2010
- Tourism Society Journal (Autumn 2010)
- Express Travel World 04_2010
- Newsweek 12_2009
- Le Temps 02_2009