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New website hopes to attract film tourism in nearby state

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A new website launched by Georgia's tourism officials is serving as inspiration for tourism leaders in North Carolina. A new website launched by Georgia's tourism officials is serving as inspiration for tourism leaders in North Carolina.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new website launched by Georgia's tourism officials is serving as inspiration for tourism leaders in North Carolina.

Georgia launched a new website this week, www.ComeTourGeorgia.com, to attract visitors who are interested in the entertainment industry.

The website shows those interested in visiting where productions are being filmed.

It also had details about film tours.

"ComeTourGeorgia.com is an opportunity to help drive tourism to Georgia by showcasing filming locations across the state," said Lee Thomas, Director of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment division, in a press release about the site.

"Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, opens in theaters on November 22. Not only did this production create hundreds of jobs in Georgia, but it is anticipated that the momentum generated by Lionsgate's billion dollar franchise will benefit our tourism industry by bringing fans to Georgia."

North Carolina and Georgia are competitors when it comes to landing film productions.

In 2009, Wilmington lost the Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song, to Georgia due to the state's film incentive program.

Since that time, North Carolina strengthened its incentives.

Film leaders said last year was a record-breaking year in the state due to the incentives.

We reached out to the NC FIlm Office and the NC Office of Tourism to get their reaction to Georgia's new website.

Aaron Syrett, who heads the film office, wrote, "I saw that, it is great." He went on to say his office works closely with the NC Office of Tourism. "They have seen this and I think the wheels in their heads are spinning," he said.

State tourism officials said they do include some film tours on the Visit NC website.

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