County Antrim is bracing itself for a fresh wave of visitors flocking to sites made famous by Game of Thrones, a councillor says.
The first episode in Season Eight, the final season, of the spectacular TV show which has helped revolutionise tourism in Northern Ireland, is due to air at 2am on Monday April 15.
And spin-off shows are expected to keep the hit production in the limelight for years to come.
For several years fans of the shows have been visiting sites across County Antrim and beyond which have been used as filming locations for Game of Thrones.
Joan Baird, a councillor on Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, anticipates another big tourism boost for the north coast at places like the ‘Dark Hedges’.
She said: “I think there certainly will be another influx of tourists as a result of the latest TV series which is very much welcomed.
“I have been alerting our council officers that there will be another ‘take-off’ situation as regards tourism.”
With repeats of the series and spin-off shows, the Ballintoy-based councillor believes tourists will still be interested in Game of Thrones-related places in Northern Ireland for years to come.
Ahead of the new series there has seen an advertising blitz promoting Northern Ireland as ‘Game of Thrones Territory’.
The Dark Hedges is the ‘King’s Road’; Ballintoy is ‘Lordsport Harbour and Pyke’; Cushendun Caves are a cove in ‘The Stormlands’ and Murlough Bay is ‘Slavers’ Bay and Renly’s Camp’.