Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Religious and Spiritual Tourism

Religious and spiritual tourism

Religious tourism focuses on the visiting of religious sites, monuments or destinations, with the primary aim of engaging with or intensifying a specific faith.

Spiritual tourism aims to explore the elements of life which lie beyond the self and contribute to body-mind-spirit balance. These may or may not have an affiliation to religion.

Religious tourism is not easy to define, and so the terms ‘religious’, ‘faith’, ‘spiritual’ or ‘pilgrimage’ tourism may be used interchangeably. Most religious sites, monuments and destinations also attract cultural heritage tourists who may or may not have a religious affiliation. Some tourists have multiple motivations - a visit to a religious site could be motivated by a religious belief, attraction to its architecture and an interest ...

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