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Set-jetting 'still popular' with backpackers

26 January 2009 11:27

Set-jetting 'still popular' with backpackers

Tourism's new craze of 'set-jetting', heading around the world to visit location seen in the movies, is continuing to appeal to backpackers, one expert has claimed.

Tom Griffiths, founder of, explained that backpackers began the craze when they flocked to the set of The Beach in Koh Tao in Thailand.

And now locations across the world are being targeted by keen film buffs and travellers.

"Set-jetting is when you jet around the world to see film sets…these set jetters have been visiting New Zealand because of Lord of the Rings," he said.

"The first one we saw was The Beach and we still have lots of backpackers going off to Koh Tao… New Zealand for Lord of the Rings is popular and Madagascar is another one that has benefited."

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