Thirteen years on from the movie’s release, The Beach is still inspiring Brits to book flights to Thailand, according to a survey carried out by British Airways. A mighty 40 per cent of the 2,000 Brits surveyed named the hit film, which is based in Thailand, as the top movie that inspires travel.
The survey was carried out to mark the launch of the airline's pop-up film event, Silent Picturehouse. 2,000 people took part in the survey, including some A-list helpers such as Colin Firth and Gwyneth Paltrow. Danny Boyle’s The Beach was named the overall most inspiring film on British Airways' “Top 100 Films that Inspire Travel” List.
Men voted blockbuster comedy The Hangover, which is largely based in Las Vegas,as the number one film that inspired travel, while the over 45’s voted rom-com Shirley Valentine as the number one film that inspires travel. 40 per cent of all surveyed said that they has been inspired to travel to a destination after watching a film in that location.
British Airways also asked a number of celebrities what their favourite travel inspiring films were. “Whenever I see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a total comedy classic, I get the urge to feel the breeze of the south of France in the summer!” said Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow.
“For me, Woody Allen’s Manhattan defines New York. Both New York and Manhattan Island should be in black in white! I always hear the soundtrack of Gershwin in my head every time I go over the Queensboro Bridge, or come in from JFK because of it!” explained Professor Brian Cox.
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