Sure it does, it happens all the time. Case in point, a town in Isreal is claiming a mermaid shows up at night to frolic in the sea for all those that want to watch.
Look, we know their is no mermaid. Despite what “the town’s people say”. Story here. You know as well as I do that somebody, maybe a PR firm, made up this mermaid story to generate publicity and attention.
Dozens of excited visitors have been gathering on the seashore near the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam near Haifa to catch a glimpse of the area’s latest star attraction, a mermaid. They are all desperate to catch a glimpse of the area’s latest star attraction, a mermaid. According to numerous eyewitnesses, the mythical sea creature looks like a cross between a little girl and a dolphin, and only comes out at sunset. “People are telling us they are sure they have seen the mermaid and they are all independent of each other,” said Natti Zilberman, a local council spokesman.
So yes, you can just make stuff up if you want to. The point is, it works. Tourism is up, which means sales of bad touristy items are up, as well as drink prices and restaurant menu items.
Attention=revenue. Just make stuff up.