After Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code novel spark enthusiasm among people to know more about holy grail and Luvre Museum, millions of people go to the Paris museum just to make sure the pyramids still there and try to solve the mystery by themselves. Mystery tourism surges and everyone in tourism industry is happy except the Christians.
Then, after the book became the best-seller, his previous works are also become hit. Notably is Angels & Demons, in which Italy Rome and Vatican are the central places of story. Tour companies are then offering special tour for those interested in finding the real fact on places of Dan Brown's imaginary The Four Altars of Science: The Church of St. Maria della Vittoria, The Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, Fontano Piazza Navona as well as Basilica St. Peter.
Just ask Colin Glynne-Percy, director of the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, the rural Scottish church featured in "The Da Vinci Code," which Langdon believed to be the location of the Holy Grail.
"Before the book came out, we had about 40,000 visitors a year," Glynne-Percy says. "It went to 80,000. Then to 120,000. Then to 175,000. We had very small facilities. We had only two restrooms. We could survive on that for 40,000 but . . ." They've put in temporary bathrooms and added several new staff members.
And now with the release of his long-awaiting Robert Landon's adventure novel, The Lost Symbol, Washington D.C residents are awaiting million of tourists to come. It is because Washington D.C. now become part of this novel story: the hidden secrets of Masonic Washington.
"I'm expecting [tourism] to skyrocket," says Heather Calloway, director of special programs for the Masonic House of the Temple on 16th Street NW, which receives about 10,000 visitors a year. She will double the staff of part-time tour guides, if necessary, to handle the crush.
"We might have to spend the next 25 years responding to Dan Brown's fiction," says Mark Tabbert, director of collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria. "That's what I dread." (Think he's overstating? Wait until you hear from his European counterparts, who are still drowning in their own Brown invasions.)
Apart from Dan Brown's great imagination and fantasy, it is worth to visit Washington D.C right? There areplenty of historic buildings, and of course The White House.