When David Benioff and D.B. first revealed that Season 5 of Game Of Thrones would include flashbacks, the showrunners were also asked about the possibility of returning to Spain to film Season 6. They praised Seville and Osuna’s accommodations, but were coy about confirming a return for next year. The follow-up news reports on filming in the Andalusia region have revealed a steady undercurrent of discussion about the economics involved in international filmmaking.
Whenever major film or television productions pick a location in which to shoot, tourism for that region invariably rises. Dubrovnik, the Croatian city that doubles as King’s Landing, has seen a 24 percent increase in tourism in the three years since Thrones began using it to stand in as the capital city of Westeros. Andalusia, a prime tourist-y area, has similarly seen a 30 percent jump in tourism (“Con este rodaje, las visitas turísticas al municipio han aumentado casi un 30 por ciento en los últimos meses.”) since filming began. The cities that host Thrones filming also encourage tourism in various ways….