Tourism and Religion Issues and Implications Edited by: Richard Butler, Wantanee Suntikul

Format:
Ebook(PDF) - 328 pages
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ISBN:
9781845416461
Published:
28 Feb 2018
Publisher:
Channel View Publications
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This book examines both specific issues and more general problems stemming from the interaction of religion, travel and tourism with hospitality and culture, as well as the implications for site management and interpretation. It explores the oldest form of religious tourism – pilgrimage – from its original form to the multiple spiritual and secular variations practised today, along with issues and conflicts arising from the collision of religion, politics and tourism. The volume considers the impact of tourism and tourist numbers on religious features, communities and phenomena, including the deliberate involvement of some religious agencies in tourism. It also addresses the ways in which religious beliefs and philosophies affect the behaviour and perceptions of tourists as well as hosts. The book illustrates how different faiths interact with tourism and the issues of catering for religious tourists of the major faiths, as well as managing the interaction between increasing numbers of secular tourists and pilgrims at religious sites.

Review:

This book reveals uncharted controversies and conflicts and moves beyond traditional academic approaches of ‘religious tourism’. It brilliantly explores political issues, fundamentalism, commercialization and sustainability using a tourism rather than religious lens. Butler and Suntikul do a wonderful job linking complex issues and exploring sacred sites, religious conflicts, tourism development and marketing through holistic and wider sustainability interpretation.

- Rachel Dodds, Ryerson University, Canada

There is a serious lack of understanding of the interconnectedness, operational and management issues of religious tourism. This book provides outstanding ?clarity on the conceptual aspects of religious tourism while debating the nexus and complications of politics, nationalism, emotion, obligation, belief and management challenges. This comprehensive volume will be a must-read for tourism and hospitality researchers.

- Maharaj Vijay Reddy, University of West London, UK

A welcome addition to existing works on religion and tourism. The editors have weaved a tourism-centric narrative around issues and conflicts arising between religion and tourism, as well as examining the rise of secular tourism within religious spaces. Essential reading for those interested in tourism, religion and their interconnections.

- Stephen Boyd, Ulster University, UK

Author Biography:

Richard Butler is Emeritus Professor of Tourism, University of Strathclyde, Scotland and Visiting Professor, NHTV University, The Netherlands. His research interests include tourism destination development, tourism in remote and insular areas, resilience and sustainability in tourism and tourism and politics.

Wantanee Suntikul is Assistant Professor at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Her research interests include heritage and tourism, politics and tourism, gastrodiplomacy and tourism and religion and tourism.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional




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