Edinburgh Set For a Spooky Tourism Boost

Release of Burke and Hare has the Scottish City in Demand

Tourism experts are predicting that the release of the film ‘Burke and Hare’ will have a positive effect on Edinburgh tourism. The long awaited movie starring Simon Pegg is set in the Scottish City and features many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Tour operators in Edinburgh are taking advantage of the film’s popularity   by offering guided tours of the locations used in the film, offering visitors a valuable insight into the real story behind the 19th century killers. A spokesman for the Scottish tourist board has explained that the film’s success will play a large part in the city’s Halloween celebrations this year with ghost trails and murder tours planned for the next few weeks. One tour operator has stated that : “I would imagine the interest in our tour will increase once the film has come out as ours is so specific, I think the thing that appeals to a lot of people is that we give them a bit of history about the city in general – as well as the fun gory bits.” Many artefacts relating to the film are available to view in the renowned Surgeon’s Hall Museum and the Anatomy Museum situated in Edinburgh University, visitors can view the actual skeleton of William Burke along with his death mark which is also on display.

The film is a ‘black comedy’ based on the story of the city’s most notorious murderers, William Burke and William Hare. According to the UK Film Council, film tourism account for 10% of the overall tourism value to the British economy with around one in five people choosing to visit a city or town because they had seen it in a film or TV series.

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