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  • How can an animated bear attract tourists to Britain?
  • How can an animated bear attract tourists to Britain?
    Matt Heaton, Creative Commons (2017) ©

VisitBritain: pulling tourists in through the silver screen

A campaign launched by VisitBritain in 2017 puts a familiar face at the heart of tourism in the UK – Paddington Bear. As holiday-makers increasingly seek out experiences, some are finding inspiration in their favourite films and shows. But why do we want to act out the movies on our vacations?

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With his red hat, blue raincoat, and bumbling good manners, Paddington Bear has been a British icon since he entered the literary world in 1958. Appealing to nostalgia-chasers and young parents with children, VisitBritain has partnered with STUDIOCANAL to create a campaign around the movie Paddington 2, which has earned more than $36 million at the box office in the UK, Ireland and Malta since its release in November 2017. [1] The effort follows the success of the tourist board’s previous film-related campaigns based on the first Paddington movie and The BFG.





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