‘The Only Way is Essex’ cast are to jet off to the Dominican Republic for the next series.
The long-running ITVBe reality show - which launched the showbiz careers of Gemma Collins, Pete Wicks, and James Locke - is “coming back with a bang” by swapping out the usual Spanish island of Marbella for the Caribbean island nation, for the show’s first international vacation for two years.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: “'TOWIE' is coming back with a bang – and the cast are off to the Dominican Republic.
“It’s been months in the planning and all the details were signed off today.
“It is the most flash trip they’ve ever done – but given they’ve spent the last two years on home soil the bosses wanted to give the stars – and the fans – a treat."
The source detailed the trip will be filmed “at the start of June”, but the final lineup of cast members is yet to be decided for the “exotic” holiday in the sun.
They said: “The cast are going to be flown out at the start of June but not everyone is going to get a ticket.
“It is by far the most exotic trip they have ever done and the sandy white beaches of the Caribbean island will make a beautiful backdrop for any drama that unfolds.
“From Puerto Banús to Punta Cana, this is a Marbella glow up of epic proportions.
“Those lucky enough to get a place on the plane are in for a treat.”
This update comes after it was recently hinted the new series would film in “a glam new location” .
A source said: “'TOWIE' is still hugely popular with viewers and it was a shame when filming for the new series had to be pushed back.
“But producers are keen to make sure the new series is brilliant and a glam new location is just what they need.”