The geography of pilgrimage and tourism: Transformations and implications for applied geography

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to examine the transformations undergone in the research of pilgrimage and tourism and the implications of these types of travel on tourism planning and other economic activities. Case studies exploring four type of pilgrimage are presented: Christian, Jewish, Baha'i, and Buddhist. The paper provides examples of these transformations in the four studies. This paper concludes that, although research on this issue is not sufficiently coherent, much of the literature on this subject does explore several key themes. It also appears that, in the twentieth century, the pilgrimage phenomenon tends toward a blurring of tourism and pilgrimage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Geography
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Dedifferentiation
  • Pilgrimage
  • Secular pilgrimage
  • The visitor experience
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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