Cookies on CABI Bookshop

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.


Continuing to use  means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

Search this site
Sign up for the CABI e-zine Newsletter
Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Spiritual and Religious Tourism

Spiritual and Religious Tourism

Motivations and Management
CABI Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series

Now Published!

Edited by R Dowson, Leeds Beckett University, UK, J Yaqub, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, R Raj, Leeds Beckett University, UK

August 2019 / Hardback / 208 Pages / 9781786394163 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $144.00
Add to CartAdd to cart

Main Description

This book reviews tourist motivations for making religious or spiritual journeys, and the management aspects related to them. It explores sacred journeys across both traditional religions such as Christianity and Islam, and newer forms of pilgrimage, faith systems and quasi-religious activities such as sport, music and food. Demonstrating to the reader the intrinsic elements and events that play a crucial role within the destination management process, it provides a timely re-assessment of the increasing interconnections between religion and spirituality as a motivation for travel. The book:

- Includes applications, models and illustrations of religious tourism and pilgrimage management for converting theory into good practice;
- Addresses theories of motivation and why travel to religious destinations has increased;
- Explores key learning points from a selection of international case study perspectives.

Providing researchers and students of tourism, religious studies, anthropology and related subjects with an important review of the topic, this book aims to bridge the ever-widening gap between specialists within the religious, tourism, management and education sectors.


This book provides an important review of the topic for researchers of tourism, religious studies, anthropology and related subjects.

  • 1: Introduction to Spiritual and Religious Journeys
  • 2: The Role of Ritual in Sacred Journeys
  • 3: Motivations of the Pilgrim to Attend the Annual Pilgrimage of Hajj
  • 4: Islamic Motivation for Tourism and Contradictions of the American Tradition
  • 5: From Spiritualism to a New Paradigm in Tourism: Spiritual Tourism and Motivations
  • 6: The Selfie in Islamic Pilgrimages as a Communication Tool in Hajj and Umrah
  • 7: Spiritual Motivation for Religious Tourism Destinations
  • 8: Pilgrim Tourist Motivations in Religious Heritage, Culture and Art
  • 9: Diminishing Religious Cultural Heritage of Holy Makkah and Medina due to Commercialization of the Sacred Event
  • 10: Managing the Physical Environment of the Sacred Tourist Destination
  • 11: Motivations to Visit Sacred Historical Objects: the Lindisfarne Gospels’ Visit to Durham 2013 – a Sacred Journey?
  • 12: Visiting with a Mission(ary) – Engaging with Stakeholders at New Zealand Heritage Sites
  • 13: The Pilgrim Goes to the Festival: Changes in Daily Life Caused by the Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Abadia in Romaria, Brazil
  • 14: Managing Catholic Churches and Sacred Sites for Protestant Visitors to Malta
  • 15: The Ancient Wisdom and Motivation of Shams-i Tabrezi or Analogy of Contemporary Systems Science and Shams-i Tabrezi Ancient Wisdom
  • 16: Inbound and Outbound Religious Tourism in Turkey
  • 17: Walking the Way of St James: Spiritual Journeys to the Cathedrals of Sport

Have you read this book, or used it for one of your courses? We would love to hear your feedback. Email our reviews team to submit a review.

Dowson With over 25 years' experience in events delivery, in public and private sectors, since 2007, Ruth has taught events management. Her PhD study is on the role of events in church culture. As an events practitioner, Ruth developed considerable leadership expertise and has over 25 years' experience in events delivery in the UK, in both public and private sectors, having managed thousands of events, including 11 years managing a venue. In 2007, Ruth moved into teaching events management at the UK Centre for Events Management, and became a level leader, with pastoral responsibility for Level 5 and later for final year students. She led the successful development and delivery of the online Masters Course in Events Management in 2008, as well as being Course Leader 2009-2011 of the BA (Hons) Conference & Exhibition Management, Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Events Management, and HND Events Management 2011-2014. Ruth is a priest in the Church of England, and her PhD studies focus on the role of events in church culture.

Yaqub M. Jabar Yaqub is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK. His MSc thesis, undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University, investigated motivations of pilgrims that attended the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. He has extensive personal experience in travelling to sacred sites, including Makkah and Medina to conduct the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, and also several other sites in the Middle East. His academic qualifications are in international events management. His research interests are in mega and major events, religious tourism and religious events.