The world’s first Game Of Thrones studio tour could help tourism in Northern Ireland win the battle with COVID.
Based in Banbridge, Down County – between Belfast and Dublin – the £ 40 million visitor attraction opens to the public this week.
Fantasy drama has become a global phenomenon and put Northern Ireland on the map as a film and screen venue.
Natalia Tena, who played the wild Osha, was among the former cast members who returned to help launch the interactive experience.
She said: “When I came in last night, I almost cried.
“I felt a really nostalgic landing in Belfast as I was leaving the airport.
“It was such a big part of my life to come here and work on the show.
Daniel Portman, who plays Podrick Payne, said: “It was a good thing to be a part, to have so many people around the world, fanatical about the show and supportive of your every move.
“It’s rare, you don’t get it often on TV.”
Game of Thrones contributed £ 250 million to the local economy and accounted for one in six tourists before the pandemic.
Ian Beatty of Belfast, who played Sir Merin Trant, described the show as “the gift he keeps giving”.
“HBO was the best thing that ever happened in this province,” he said. “When this pandemic finally ends, it will be such an amazing attraction for fans.”
Minister of Economy and Tourism Gordon Lyons said: “The film and screen industry is extremely important in Northern Ireland.
“This has the potential to become the number one tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, but they will not only come here, but also see everything else we have to offer in Northern Ireland.
With Boris Johnson waging his own political battle, Ian Beatty didn’t think he would do well in Game Of Thrones.
“I’d say the dragons will catch him pretty quickly,” he joked.
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