Colori della Repubblica Italiana
14.06.2012 - Italian TV crew tours Holland-Michigan
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN - The Holland Sentinel
“In Italy, few people know about Michigan, you know,” said Andrea Montevecchi, of Elandra Productions. “They can plan vacations here and travel to this part of the U.S.” He said he also hopes to capture Dutch immigrants’ influence on America, since Italians are more familiar with the Italian-American immigrants depicted in Hollywood movies. Montevecchi, a resident of Rome, and cameraman Mattia Mariani are producing a segment on the Great Lakes, with footage shot in locales from Chicago to Mackinac Island. Montevecchi said the segment on the Great Lakes would be an episode of the popular travel show, “Alle Falde Del Kilimangiaro,” or  “the slopes of Kilimanjaro” on Italy’s Channel Three sometime this summer, and would re-run in the winter. Sally Laukitis, executive director of the Holland Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, said the show has a viewership of about 1.5 million. At Windmill Island Wednesday morning, miller Alisa Crawford showed the two how the mill worked and even tried out some Italian phrases on them. The two were guided around Holland by David Lorenz of Travel Michigan and Laukitis. In the afternoon, the group stopped at Nelis’ Dutch Village, De Klomp wooden shoe factory and Big Red lighthouse. “We do a lot of these,” Lorenz said. Travel Michigan takes a proactive approach to seeking out international media and hosts about 10 groups a year, he said. German and British travel writers are due in Michigan next week. Europeans and Asian travelers are attracted to the U.S.’ natural beauty, and even authentic bits of Americana such as gritty Detroit, with its colorful history and faded industrial landscapes, Lorenz said. “They’re looking for what we have here,” he said. “They truly like Americans. They may not always like American politics.” — Follow Holland-area business on Twitter @BizHolland
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