Hilton Head Island will star in an upcoming reality TV episode in which travelers stay in a local vacation rental property.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and local home and villa rental agencies are recruiting a family or group to appear in "Getting Away Together," a show producers are filming for PBS.
The show is being produced for the Vacation Rental Managers Association, a national organization, by PineRidge Film & Television Co. of Jacksonville, Fla.
Organizers of the show, which will focus on people who share their vacations with others, say the practice is becoming increasingly common and can include girl or guy getaways, family reunions and milestone celebrations.
"This is one of those trends that no one has really portrayed on TV yet," said Amanda Drake, a spokeswoman for the show. "It's an exciting opportunity for the local tourism organization."
The show, whose sponsors include travel advice website TripAdvisor, is expected to begin airing on PBS stations in October.
Producers plan to film 13 episodes, each of which will depict a different group's trip to a destination such as North Carolina's Outer Banks; Maryland's Deep Creek Lake, Mount Hood, Ore.; St. Augustine, Fla.; Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and Oceanside, Calif.
Filming has begun elsewhere and is scheduled to come to Hilton Head Sept. 24 through Oct. 1, chamber spokeswoman Charlie Clark said.
Hilton Head is a good fit for the show in part because it has about 6,000 home and villa units compared to about 3,000 hotel rooms, Clark said.
"Hilton Head Island is really a perfect location for that type of travel," she said.
Chamber officials contacted producers after hearing about the show and will help coordinate production, she said.
The chamber is paying $25,000 to underwrite the episode's production costs, and 10 local companies also are contributing, Clark said.
Producers are in the process of selecting a home to host the local episode and will visit Hilton Head for a scouting trip next month, she said.
The chamber is inviting prospective groups to submit videos online through July 25.
Groups must provide their own transportation to and from Hilton Head, but all accommodations, dining and activities during the shoot will be provided, according to a chamber website devoted to the "online casting call." The 10 videos that receive the most votes on the site will be given highest priority recommendation to the producers.
As of Tuesday afternoon, five entries had been posted.
Among other travel-related work, PineRidge produced the 30-episode Travel Channel series "Great Vacation Homes" with travel guru Samantha Brown, according to the company's website. PineRidge also received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Service Show for another Travel Channel series, "Great Hotels," in 2004.
That series once featured Daufuskie Island, Clark said.