A strong academic interest in media-induced tourism has emerged in recent years with a focus on fictional movies and television programs. In contrast, few studies have evaluated audiovisual formats of factual or documentary nature, despite the increasing popularity of such television
programs with a specific travel theme. In the UK, programs resembling video diaries in which the presenter, generally a celebrity, is accompanied on an extended journey by a television crew are firmly established in the television schedule. this article examines the potential impacts of the
television travel series Himalaya presented by Michael Palin on destination image by analyzing viewers' comments on the accompanying website. the study identifies the program's positive effect on destination image and demonstrates that not only the content itself but also the way in
which the series is presented contribute to positive attitudes towards the places shown. the presenter's persona enhances the viewers' perceived connectedness with the program and contributes to destination awareness and positive destination perceptions. Clearly, a focus on program content
alone is insufficient when analyzing the impact of such television programs on destination image. Given the exploratory nature of the study, areas of further research are suggested.
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