“White Lotus” causes a huge increase in tourism in Sicily – murders and whores, damn it

Fans of The White Lotus take to the internet to find out how they can vacation like wealthy but miserable romantic Tanya McQuoid-Hunt and her supposed assistant Portia.

According to economist Haley Berg of mobile travel app Hopper, web searches for trips to the Italian island of Sicily, where the second season of the hit HBO show was filmed, are up 50% following Monday’s record-breaking finale.

“Often when we watch very popular shows with incredible cinematography like ‘White Lotus’ air, we see a huge surge in demand to destinations around the world,” Berg told ABC News on Tuesday.

But wanderers hoping to stay at the San Domenico Palace — the 111-room 14th-century convent-turned-luxury hotel where it was filmed — won’t have such luck. The castle will reopen in spring 2023 and is already sold out.

Rooms average around $3,000 per night for ocean-view rooms — the highest price in the resort’s history, Berg revealed.

The White Lotus drives 50% more web searches for trips to Sicily
The season two finale of The White Lotus was watched by 4.1 million viewers on HBO on Monday.
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Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily, Italy
The Church of San Domenico in Noto, Sicily, Italy.
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The San Domenico Palace Hotel in Messina, Sicily.
The San Domenico Palace Hotel in Messina, Sicily.
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Round-trip flights from the US to Sicily currently average around $1,225, according to the app, while the average hotel room on the coast of Taormina, where other scenes of the show were filmed, costs $192 per night.

HBO has renewed the show for a third season, but the location has not been announced.

A similar phenomenon occurred at Four Seasons Maui when the first season of The White Lotus aired last year. The latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ increased searches for travel to Croatia, while ‘Yellowstone’ boosts tourism to US national parks, according to Good Morning America.

The White Lotus drives 50% more web searches for trips to Sicily
The White Lotus is among popular shows like Game of Thrones and Yellowstone that have inspired tourism.

America’s Favorite MILF and “American Pie” star Jennifer Coolidge recently revealed that the season finale was influenced by her own real-life personality.

The actress also recently clarified a comment she made about the “best dk” she got after playing Stifler’s mother in the 1999 classic film, saying she counted the number of bed partners she’d acquired may have exaggerated.

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Emma Bowman

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