In focus 5 – religious tourism in the urban setting of Varanasi in India

K., Thirumaran, Azzali, Simona, Kamble, Zilmiyah, Prabhugaonkar, Yash, and Agarwal, Manisha (2022) In focus 5 – religious tourism in the urban setting of Varanasi in India. In: Novelli, Marina, Cheer, Joseph M., Dolezal, Claudia, Jones, Adam, and Milano, Claudio, (eds.) Handbook of Niche Tourism. Research Handbooks in Tourism series . Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 328-330.

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[Extract] Religious tourism, as one the earliest niche forms of tourism, attracts millions of visitors to destinations. It brings social and economic benefits, shapes the destination and its image, and prompts the need for tourism authorities to understand different needs, motives and behavioural patterns – including those of religious tourists (Gertner, 2019). When it comes to research on religious tourism, there is an inclination to explore the impacts on visitors who come for religious tourism, including traveller experiences and tourist behaviour (Collins-Kreiner, 2010; Bond et al., 2015), as well as the impact on the local communities and the built environment. In particular, the commercial facets of religious tourism are underpinned by indulgence in touristic activities, sacred destinations faced with increased growth, infrastructure needs, pollution, and issues of resilience and sustainability.

Item ID: 76619
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 9781839100178
Keywords: Niche tourism, religious tourism, local communities, built environment, Varanasi
Copyright Information: © Marina Novelli, Joseph M. Cheer, Claudia Dolezal, Adam Jones and Claudio Milano 2022 All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2022 00:23
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350801 Impacts of tourism @ 70%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330401 Community planning @ 30%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 60%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130405 Conserving the historic environment @ 40%
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