• HBO's Limited Series Chernobyl premiered in May and was completed last week.
• Tour guides at the Chernobyl power plant report an increase in visitors of 40%, which they believe is due to the show.
• They even changed their tours to visit places that appear in the series.
While HBO's limited series Chernobyl only had five episodes, the show is now the best-rated show in the IMDb series and lead actor Jared Harris is enthusiastically received for his portrayal of Valery Legasov of Emmy. And as Fox News reports, the show is also leading to a tourism boom.
For years there have been tours with tourists to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but the tour operators attribute the increase by 40% to visitors to the HBO show. Yaroslav Yemelianenko, director of Chernobyl Tour, said Reuters that his company now offers tours based on the locations shown in the Chernobyl show.
The abandoned villages look around through Pripyat (without entering the building) and lunch in the Chernobyl canteen with ingredients that were brought from outside the city.
The tours are harmless to health, as only certain parts of the facility are used. In fact, the Solo East tour group claims that the radiation levels that visitors experience during the tour are lower than the radiation levels in an airplane.
While all new visitors are good for the business, some people are not a fan of the growing number of tourists. Thieme Bosman, an 18-year-old student from the Netherlands, told Reuters : "There are quite a few tourists here, and it somehow takes away the experience of being in a completely deserted city so, as more and more tourists come here, it will ruin the experience. "