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Zip Line like ‘The Hunger Games’ stars at Navitat Asheville NC

Take to the trees like ‘The Hunger Games’ stars at Navitat Canopy Adventures
Sweepstakes opens March 7, tours start March 31

"The Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson Ziplines at Navitat Asheville Photo Credit: Navitat Canopy Adventures | Actor Josh Hutcherson is all smiles on the Navitat Canopy Adventures course near Asheville, N.C. Hutcherson was one of several “Hunger Games” cast members who visited the high-adventure zip line canopy tour while they were in the area last summer shooting the highly anticipated movie.

ASHEVILLE N.C. – When their characters weren’t fighting for their lives in the outdoor arena staged in the rugged terrain of western North Carolina, many of the cast of the upcoming movie “The Hunger Games” spent some of their downtime flying through the trees at NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES.

The world-class zip line canopy tour located just 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville hosted at least seven of the young stars while they were on location in the area last summer shooting the highly anticipated motion picture opening on March 23.

“We are so excited that so many of ‘The Hunger Games’ cast and crew visited us while they were in the area last summer,” said Abby Burt, Branding & Marketing Leader at NAVITAT, which opens March 31 for the 2012 season.

“We were thrilled to show them the beauty and excitement of our course, and can’t wait to see how the movie showcases the natural beauty of western North Carolina.”

Taking the tour were Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, one of the movie’s lead characters, and Leven Rambin, Jacqueline Emerson, Alexander Ludwig, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid and Ian Nelson, who play some of Peeta’s competitors known as the Tributes in “The Hunger Games.” Hutcherson liked the experience so much he returned twice more during his stay in Asheville for tours, including the exclusive NAVITAT AT NIGHT tour.

“The Hunger Games,” based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where boys and girls are selected by lottery to compete in an annual televised battle that only one person can survive. The movie was filmed last summer at locations in and around Asheville, Charlotte and Shelby, including the Coleman Boundary portion of the Pisgah National Forest located very near NAVITAT’s 240-acre site in Barnardsville, N.C.

To give fans of “The Hunger Games” a taste of the movie’s locations, NAVITAT has teamed up with the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau and US WEEKLY magazine to offer the “Win A Trip to Asheville” sweepstakes. The contest opens March 7 and runs through June 7. Go to www.usmagazine.com/asheville for more details and to enter.

NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES specializes in high-adventure zip line canopy tours, with a heavy focus on educating guests about the natural environment, history and culture of the surrounding area. With locations in Asheville, N.C., and Wrightwood, Calif., NAVITAT has been featured on CNN, Telemundo, “Conan” and in The New York Times. USA TODAY called the Asheville course “One of 10 Great Ziplines in the U.S.” in 2010.

Tours run daily from March 31 through the end of November. Reservations are required. Daytime tour price is $89 per adult, and $79 per youth under age 18. Exclusive “Navitat at Night” tours are offered Saturday evenings at dusk. Nighttime tour price is $99 per person. Visit www.navitat.com or call (828) 626-3700 to book your tour.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lydia Carrington, (828) 231-1793 or lydia@brucemont.com

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