Authors: Frances McGettigan; Corina Griffin
Addresses: Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Rd, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland ' Garda National Training Division Unit, Templemore, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Abstract: This paper examines the significance of the 'experiential component' of religious tourism, which is likely to be a crucial factor of the visitor experience at sacred sites. The visitor experience at two of Ireland's most popular religious sites is investigated using on-site surveys and in-depth interviews with pilgrims, site managers and relevant stakeholders. The paper concludes that the future of religious sites is no longer likely to be confined to the traditional spheres of religion or culture but rather opened up to a widely diverse range of influences.
Keywords: pilgrimage sites; religious tourism; spiritual; religious sites; sacred sites; culture; visitor experience; motivation; economic impact; demand; benefits; Ireland.
International Journal of Tourism Policy, 2012 Vol.4 No.2, pp.117 - 131
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