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International Journal of Tourism Anthropology
International Journal of Tourism Anthropology


Special Issue on: "Sacred Site Visitation: Policies, Experiences and Commercialisation"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Filareti Kotsi, Hellenic Open University, Greece
Dr. Konstantinos Andriotis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

This Special Issue will focus on the hybrid nature of religious tourism and the tourism-pilgrimage dichotomy as well as on the intersecting journeys of tourists and pilgrims within the context of the same sacred site. It offers the opportunity to study sacred site visitation in an interdisciplinary way, bringing together researchers who share interest in religious tourism but come from different fields of study such as ethnography, anthropology, sociology, psychology, geography, as well as management sciences and economic related fields. The discussion is open to research from western and eastern cultures (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism) and the aim is to combine research from a variety of sacred sites, of either well-known or less known places.

Papers presented at the International Conference of Tourism (ICOT 2011, will be considered for publication in this special issue, along with other papers submitted as below.

Subject Coverage
Topics appropriate for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:
  • Motivations and experience of tourists/pilgrims
  • The enchantment of sacred site experience
  • Religious tourism as an alternative form of tourism
  • Development policies of religious tourism
  • The economic impacts of religious tourism and pilgrimage
  • Local economic development of sacred sites
  • Economic impact of retailing of religious souvenirs
  • Sacred sites management: Regional, national and local aspects
  • Tourism-pilgrimage dichotomy and duality of space
  • Touristification of sacred sites
  • Authenticity and commercialisation

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

One-page abstract [no more than 350 words] due: 15 February 2011

Notification of acceptance/rejection to authors: 5 March 2011

Full paper due: 31 March 2011

[For conference papers: see Submission Guidelines,]