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Conceptualizing Spiritual Tourism: Cultural Considerations and A Comparison with Religious Tourism

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Scholarly and consumer interest in spiritual tourism has increased rapidly in recent years. However, confusion remains about the conceptual differences between spiritual and religious tourism and how the conceptualizations are impacted by cultural and personal factors. It may be argued that while some researchers provided some insights into the “spirituality puzzle,“ most have failed to provide a holistic picture. By conducting a multidisciplinary literature review, this article explores the conceptual and cultural constructs of religion and spirituality to provide a platform for future scholars to explore the phenomena of religious and spiritual tourism.
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Keywords: CROSS-CULTURAL; PILGRIMAGE; RELIGION; SPIRITUAL

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2016-12-01

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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