Chernobyl is now a vacation hotspot

Mar 2012
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Power of tv I guess..

It was the scene of the world's worst ever nuclear disaster, but three decades later Chernobyl is emerging as one of the planet's hottest tourism tickets after a new TV series.

For the past few years, a steady stream of adventurous visitors has been drawn to the macabre spectacle of the deserted, decaying city around the power station.

Now, since the recent launch of HBO series "Chernobyl," interest in the location of the horrific nuclear explosion has surged dramatically, according to local tour operators.

Located near the city of Pripyat, around 110 kilometers north of Kiev, Chernobyl is one of the most polluted places in the world and can only be visited with a licensed guide. Various tour companies offer guided trips into the "exclusion zone," which covers an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers around the nuclear power plant.

"Most of the people say they decided to book after seeing this show. It's almost as though they watch it and then jump on a plane over."

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/chernobyl-tv-tourist-attraction/index.html