Travel companies say that since the HBO series, Chernobyl – focusing on the nuclear disaster of 1986 – was first shown in May, there has been a big increase in the number of people wishing to visit places in the Chernobyl exclusion site, such as the medical facility in the ghost city of Pripyat (above), which was where the first victims were treated. Photo: AFP

How HBO drama Chernobyl has transformed a nuclear wasteland into a tourist hotspot

Miniseries, first shown in May, sparks 30 per cent rise in tourists who wish to visit the area affected by the 1986 reactor fire, with numbers set to double to 150,000 this year

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Travel companies say that since the HBO series, Chernobyl – focusing on the nuclear disaster of 1986 – was first shown in May, there has been a big increase in the number of people wishing to visit places in the Chernobyl exclusion site, such as the medical facility in the ghost city of Pripyat (above), which was where the first victims were treated. Photo: AFP
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