Film-Induced Tourism in the Way of Saint James


  • Lucrezia Lopez University of Santiago de Compostela
  • David Santomil Mosquera University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Rubén Camilo Lois González University of Santiago de Compostela



Jacobean Cinema, Camino de Santiago, Territorial Marketing, Pilgrimage Tourism


This research paper proposes an analytical approach to the study of the phenomenon of the film-induced pilgrimage tourism, along one of the most historical and relevant European cultural route: the Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago.
In the present study, and in order to point out the relation between film broadcast and film-induced tourism, we combine the review of the Jacobean cinema with the statistical analysis of the pilgrims arrived to Santiago de Compostela during the last decade. So, our main aim is to analyse the repercussion of the Jacobean Cinema in the attractiveness of the Way of St. James as tourism destination. We take into consideration the role of the film producers and we also ponder on the marketing policies of the Autonomous Community, which are aimed at promoting the pilgrim’s routes, the Cathedral and the city of Santiago de Compostela. The cinema has played a less important role until now, in comparison with the impact of travel guides and the Jacobean literature, but it is increasing its impact in the international tourism markets. Recently, the American film The Way can be considered to be the first promoter of the film-induced tourism, because the arrivals of pilgrims from USA have been increased after the broadcast of this film since 2010. 


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How to Cite

Lopez, L., Santomil Mosquera, D., & Lois González, R. C. (2015). Film-Induced Tourism in the Way of Saint James. Almatourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 6(4), 18–34.