“Breaking Bad” Proves Good For Albuquerque Tourist Trade

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (March 15, 2013)—As the TV series "Breaking Bad" finishes filming its fifth and final season in Albuquerque, N.M., the popularity of the show is providing a boost to the city's economy.

A fast-food burrito chain in Albuquerque draws tourists from around the world who want to see where a fictional drug trafficker runs his organization.

A pastry shop sells doughnuts topped with blue candy designed to resemble crystal meth and a beauty store has a similar product, crystal blue bathing salts.

But the boon is also creating a dilemma for local tourism officials as they walk the fine line of profiting from a show, which that centers around drug trafficking, addiction, and violence.

Albuquerque has experienced an unexpected jump in tourists visiting popular sites from the show and local businesses cashing in on its popularity.


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