This essay includes figures, please see the attachment for the full version1. IntroductionMajor motion picture films can provide the places, objects and subjects for the gaze of many people, and for some, films may induce them to travel specifically to the locations where they were filmed (Riley, Baker & Van Doren, 1998). In the past, tourist benefit is serendipity of films or miniseries; however, the contemporary destination marketers systematically manipulate to place sights in the film or miniseries for attracting tourists (Cousins & Andereck, 1993). There became the film-induced tourism. Film and TV tourism is a newly arisen concept of tourism and culture that connects film-making and special tourism, and is now a growing phenomenon worldwide. Film-induced tourism is a tourist activity which treats film-producing, film-making and things related to film as tourist attraction.
In China, film-induced tourism is still quite new (Qi, 2008). Since the successful running of the first film related resort --- Wuxi Film Resort, it has become a trend in China to build those kinds of specific resorts where provide places for filming and tourist visiting.
As lack of operation experiences and resorts over-built, many film-related resorts in China are now facing a difficulties in maintaining (Chen, 2008). This coming and going trend of film-related tourist resorts attracted many researchers and professionals to explore the ways to help improving the recent situation. Actually, in July 2006, a conference was held in one of the most famous film-related resorts --- Heng Dian Film and TV City Resort, discussing about the potential development of film-induced tourism in China.
In this essay, Heng Dian Film and TV City Resort is chosen as the case to study the potential dynamic factors of Chinese film-induced tourism. It is attempted to use Butler's (1980) Resort Life Cycle theory to analyse the development...