Following the premiere of The Strip on Channel Nine this week, the Gold Coast is hoping for a boost to its tourism.
Despite a softer debut than either Packed to the Rafters or Sea Patrol enjoyed, its 1,452,000 viewers is still an impressive figure. This week.
The Nine series is shot entirely on location at the Gold Coast, exploiting the glamorous scenery on offer. Nine’s Sea Patrol also shoots most of its exterior scenes in Queensland waters.
Sofitel Gold Coast General manager Mark Wilkinson said he was happy his establishment had been included in the show but added, “we did have some specifications about what they could do here – we didn’t want any murder scenes, for example.”
In the Brisbane region, which includes the Gold Coast, the show was the third most watched program on Thursday night, with about 317,000 viewers tuning in.
While this week’s episode started with the bloody death of a window washer who fell from one of the Coast’s iconic high-rises, said he thought the graphic content of the show would not harm the area’s reputation as a leading family destination.
Ben Pole of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation said, “They chose the Gold Coast not because of the criminal element but because it’s a distinct city.”
“I think audiences know how to distinguish what’s true from what is fiction.”
He said that like other crime dramas set in well-known tourist destinations, such as CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, the show would ultimately help promote the city.
Source: Courier Mail
Also today: Graeme Blundell article on The Strip appears in The Australian.