June 25, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
The filming for seasons 21 and 22 ofÂ Survivor are now underway in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. According to a local newspaper, during the six-month production, the reality TV show will rack up a bill of $6 million!! Keep reading for more details on the filming…
Filming for season 21 ofÂ Survivor: Nicaragua is now underway in San Juan del Sur, one of the most popular travel and vacation sites in the entire nation. As soon as filming for season 21 is completed, production will start on season 22, also being filmed in San Juan del Sur. Government officials in the city are thrilled at the promotion that they will receive as well as the economic boost.
According to an article in the Tico Times, “the 250-member crew of Survivor will inject more than $6 million into the local San Juan economy over the next six months, contracting some 200 locals and renting the equivalent of 20,000 hotel room nights in this small town.”
Leisa Francis, co-executive producer ofÂ Survivor, says that the decision to shoot in Nicaragua was an easy one.Â â€œMany nations around the world compete to have Survivor in their country,â€ Francis says. â€œWe were invited here by the government of Nicaragua and we were amazed at how fast we were able to identify an area that would satisfy the show.Â All of a sudden the spotlight is going to be on Nicaragua, and it’s going to make people stop and think and take a closer look at the country. So that will be a good thing.”
â€œSurvivor is a unique opportunity for a host nation to reach out to the world,â€ Francis adds. â€œThe show is created in a way that highlights the host nation’s scenic beauty, its wildlife and its culture. It’s 15 hours of television reaching 13 million viewers per week on prime-time TV. Survivor delivers a video postcard of the host nation. The promotional value is extraordinary.â€
John Kirhoffer, a challenge producer for the show, is thrilled about the new location. “For the 11 years I’ve been doingÂ Survivor, I have never been as excited about spending six months in any other country,â€ he said. â€œAnd San Juan del Sur is on the top of my list of favorite places in the world to be. I love great cigars, rum and beautiful people, so I’m not leaving.â€
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