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Netflix Series ‘Ozark” Boosts Tourism Interest at Lake of the Ozarks

(AP) — The Lake of the Ozarks resort that helped inspire a Netflix series has gained attention from the show, but not much additional business.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the writer of the show “Ozark” worked at the Alhonna Resort in the 1980s. That resort helped inspire the setting even though most of the show was filmed in Georgia.

Alhonna General Manager Sheryl Elia says more people are stopping to take pictures by the resort’s sign, but there hasn’t been a significant increase in people spending the weekend.

The show’s writer, Bill Dubuque, and star Jason Bateman visited the Alhonna resort before the show started filming to get a feel for it.

Kate Renfrow with the Missouri Tourism Division says the show has generated more interest in the lake.

Renfrow says between May and August, there was a 100% jump in website traffic on the Lake of the Ozarks tourism websites compared to the same time last year. Missouri Tourism officials say they don’t have any numbers regarding the economic impact the Netflix series might have had on the lake area.
The Netflix series had enough popularity that the show has been renewed for a second season.

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