New Potter flick boosts Welsh tourism

by Tiffany Millar on July 20, 2011

The last instalment in the money-spinning Harry Potter series has been working wonders for tourism across Pembrokeshire.

The scenic Freshwater West beach was added to the extensive list of must-see film locations for Potter buffs after featuring in the recently-released Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Platying a part in what is the seventh and final movies of the series, Dobby’s Shell Cottage was constructed on the beach two years ago. News of the construction resulted in hundreds of fans visiting the location with high hopes of taking a glimpse at the cottage and capturing autographs from members of the cast.

Even before it was announced that the conclusive movie was to be shot in the area, Freshwater West already had a reputation as one of Wales’ top places for surfing, offering all visitors unspoilt and golden sand.  It isn’t the first time the famous beach provided a backdrop for a blockbuster however. In 2010, Sir Ridley Scott had battle scenes for his version of Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe, filmed there.

Thankfully for those with business interests in the local, it appears that the Hollywood sparkle is rubbing off on the Welsh county, with the latest tourism figures showing that visitor numbers across Pembrokeshire have risen by almost 30,000 up to 4.2 million, while visitor spending has also gone up by at least 5.4 per cent and to a whopping £544m.

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