Gozo is set to experience a major boom in tourism next year, thanks to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Maltese tourism industry experts say the island will benefit from ‘screen tourism’ when the Hollywood couple’s film ‘By The Sea’ is released in November.
The movie, starring Brad and Angelina, was shot at several locations across Gozo, including Mgarr ix-Xini, Sannat and Gharb.
It tells the story of a couple struggling to cope in an unhappy marriage and is set in the 1970s.
Gozo’s unique landscape plays home to the romantic drama.
Malta Tourism Authority chief executive Paul Bugeja said: ‘A movie like By the Sea, as well as the film industry in general, leaves a large positive economic impact on the Maltese Islands.
‘The film industry provides a great advert for our Islands, as people get to see and learn about our Islands through scenes seen in a film.’
Corinthia Hotel Group chairman Alfred Pisani agrees.
He told Forbes magazine: ‘Malta is a popular location for Hollywood films and of course By The Sea with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will definitely create a buzz and lure more Americans to explore the beauty and romance of Malta.’
Angelina Jolie spoke highly of her time in Malta and Gozo after she finished filming.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘It has been such a fulfilling experience to shoot By The Sea in Malta, and I am honoured to have spent time on this beautiful island learning about its rich history and fascinating culture’.
Here are some of the things you can do in Gozo like Brad and Angelina:
1. Sailing around the island on a luxury yacht
2. Marvel at the views from the top of The Citadel
3. Visit the beach at Ramla Bay
4. Nibble on Gozo peppered cheese
5. See the world-famous Azure Window at Dwejra
6. Shop in the historic streets of Victoria