Since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tied the knot on August 23, 2014, there has been a massive surge in internet interest regarding the tiny French village of Correns.
TripAdvisor has reported that travel searches for Correns have skyrocketed to over 1161% in the wake of Pitt/Jolie nuptials that were held just two and a half weeks ago. While it's safe to say that not every person who scours the web for Correns content has their bags packed and credit cards in hand, travel experts are still excited to see if increased search traffic will actually convert to tourism dollars for the sleepy town.
In response to the recent traffic increase, James Kay, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor has been quoted as saying, "It is amazing how quickly a bit of Hollywood glamour can spark global interest in even the smallest destination."
An ancient village that is home to only 800 residents, Correns seems to be the perfect rural escape for travelers looking for a relaxing rendezvous. Although small, the village's surreal location offers the alluring promise of exploring Neolithic caves, hiking and mountain climbing excursions, skeet shooting and plenty of fishing. Tucked into the stunning Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur countryside, Correns is less than a two-hour drive from the glamorous city of Nice.
Brangelina Gossip Not Your Thing? You Might Appreciate Correns for a Few Other Reasons
If you're not the type of traveler who plans their vacation around rubbernecking for quick glimpses of Hollywood stars, there are a few other unique reasons why this charming French village might be the perfect setting for your next trip.
For starters, Correns is considered to be France's first "organic village", as local farmers throughout the region have been growing organic crops for almost two decades. No bandwagon-hopping in this town, just good old-fashioned wholesome food.
It comes as a surprise for many to discover that Brange's wedding isn't the first time Correns has felt the warm glow of the entertainment industry spotlight. The region's first real place in pop-culture history came in 1979 when Pink Floyd recorded part of The Wall at Studio Miraval in Correns.
Can Correns' tourism amenities live up to its new-found internet stardom?
All of the attention could prove to be a bit overwhelming for Correns' local economy, as the town has an admittedly underwhelming amount of local accommodations (the village only harbors one actual hotel and roughly 55 rental properties). So, if you're keen on visiting Correns, tourism officials are continuing to emphasize the importance of making your accommodations well in advance to ensure your housing needs are met.
Only time will tell if these eager TripAdvisor users are intent on actually visiting the town, or are just curious to see what all the fuss is about.