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New Romance Shot In Tenerife

Dec 25, 2007
Having a film use your island as a backdrop can be great for tourism - just ask Kefalonia about Captain Morelli's Mandolin - or Malta with Troy, Gladiator and other films.

Now it could be Tenerife's turn to receive a boost in tourism business with a film currently being shot off the island's coastline.

The film, provisionally called The Passenger, is about a young Russian widow returning home to Russia from the US, and is a romance.

Although it has been some time since a film was shot in Tenerife, the island is no stranger in the past for playing host to blockbuster movies - including both Star Wars and Planet of the Apes.

Tenerife will be hoping to follow another holiday island's lead - Malta - in attracting more film making as it does help to promote tourism.

Malta is a beautiful island that is known to attract big budget film makers. Over 50 filmmakers have used Malta as a backdrop for their movies. Malta became a film-makers dream in 1964 when the Mediterranean Film Studios opened and its water tanks became commercial property. The water tanks had previously been owned by the government and were restricted. The shallow and deep water tanks available in Malta provide a unique situation for filmmakers to use in their movies.

A new multi-million budget film is being made in Malta. The new film will be based on ancient Egypt and is expected to draw a lot of attention. It comes as no surprise that the director has chosen Malta as the backdrop for this movie. It is not the first big budget film made in the Mediterranean and likely won't be the last. Production of the new movie is expected to begin in early 2008, and Tenerife hopes it can follow the island of Malta's lead in attracting film makers.

At the moment Tenerife is known for its beautiful climate, which attracts nearly three and a half millions tourists a year to its scenic 2,034 square kilometers. Most of Tenerife's tourism comes from the United Kingdom, followed by Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy and France, but films shot on the island would draw tourists from all corners of the globe.

The island is home to many beautiful resorts, including the Playas de las Americas and Los Cristianos. In fact, recent legislation was passed to ensure that any future resort construction must either be of five-star status or offer resort luxuries like golf courses or banquet facilities - just right for Hollywood stars after a hard day's filming!
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