Shark movie won’t scare tourists

SOME tourism operators might be afraid that people might be afraid to get back in the water after the release of a shark thriller that is being filmed on the Fraser Coast.

But the Fraser Coast South Burnett tourism board isn’t concerned that The Reef will scare tourists away from the Sunshine State this summer.

The $3.5 million movie, which is based on real life, tells the story of four friends who are forced to swim to a nearby island when their yacht capsizes on the Great Barrier Reef.

The group is then stalked by a killer great white shark.

The board’s marketing manager, Nick Marks, said the angle of the film was apart of the “commercialism” of the film, to attract movie goers, adding that the board was not overly worried about the film alienating tourists.

“We’re pretty sure people aren’t that shallow that they would watch some horror film and think ‘well, we won’t visit that town.’”

Association of Marine Park Operators CEO Col McKenzie described the movie as pure fantasy, as great whites are not known to venture any further north than Hervey Bay but also said that previous shark thrillers had hurt the marine tourism industry.



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