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Recent film productions credited with tourism boom in Southport

The City of Southport has set a new record for tourism numbers this year, thanks to film productions taking over the town. The City of Southport has set a new record for tourism numbers this year, thanks to film productions taking over the town.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - The City of Southport has set a new record for tourism numbers this year, thanks to film productions taking over the town.

The Southport visitors' website numbers have reached an all-time high. Website traffic shows that in January, prior to the theatrical release of Safe Haven in February, the city's site received 322 page views.

When the movie hit the big screen on Valentine's Day, those web numbers skyrocketed to 86,981 for the month of February.

Over the past four months collectively, that website has gotten more than 250,000 total page views -- a record number for the city.

Cathy Brochure, Director of Tourism and Economic Development, says the increase is a direct result of the movie Safe Haven and other productions filmed in the area.

Currently, the tourism office is also dealing with a huge influx of visitors.

Within the past two days, more than 600 people have stopped by the tourism office and visitor center to ask questions and find filming locations for visitation.

Brochure says that Southport was already on the map, but major Hollywood productions like Safe Haven took them to a whole new level.

Under the Dome, a new TV series based on a Stephen King book, returns to Southport Wednesday for filming, and will continue Monday with scenes scheduled to shoot at Trinity Church, Franklin Square, East Bay Street, and Big Jim's Restaurant.

Brochure says there are also rumors that another Nicholas Sparks movie may be filming in Southport.

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