By R Raj, Nigel D Morpeth

Faith and spirituality are universal motivations for go back and forth, with many significant vacationer locations having constructed mostly due to their connections to sacred humans, areas and occasions. Describing functional functions, versions and case stories, this ebook offers an perception into the administration of spiritual tourism, protecting either historic sacred websites and rising locations. It totally explored the pressures on sacred areas to turn into commercialised and festivalised parts, whereas nonetheless keeping their non secular and religious integrity.

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Pilgrims on Croagh Patrick, County Mayo (from Smyth, 2006). A. Griffin being at an angle of almost 45 degrees … the ever-present danger for the climbers of being flattened by loose, moving stones being dislodged by climbers higher up! … It is pure Hell! Take my personal, unbiased word for it! … Until recent years … the first climbers began the ascent after midnight but some time ago the Archbishop of Tuam [banned] night-time climbing. (Mayo Gazette, undated) Knock From Fátima to Bethlehem and from Lourdes to Kiltimagh I’ve never seen a miracle like the airport up in Knock.

Maureen Boyle, personal communication, 2006) Notwithstanding this deep spiritual reward, numbers visiting Lough Derg for the ‘traditional’ 3-day pilgrimage have dropped throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. This may be linked to the boom of the Irish economy at this time, and a recognizable decrease in general religious observance. To cater for falling numbers, the site has adapted its pilgrimage ‘product’: The tradition of the historical three-day pilgrimage has been preserved, but other services have been offered in recent years.

Distinction between Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism: Implications Spiritual destination management involves responsibility for satisfying the needs of pilgrims and religious tourists. Motivations for pilgrimage will differ from those of religious tourism, and it is these differences that can have a significant impact on the ability of destination managers to satisfy their ‘customers’. We can see that, whilst it is the experience at their destination that has significance for the religious tourist, perceptions will be different for the pilgrim, since the destination constitutes only one part of the experience of pilgrimage.

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