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Tourism, Pilgrimage and Intercultural Dialogue

Tourism, Pilgrimage and Intercultural Dialogue

Interpreting Sacred Stories
CABI Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series

Now Published!

Edited by D Vidal-Casellas, Dean and Senior Lecturer. University of Girona, Spain, S Aulet, Assistant professor. Faculty of Tourism of the University of Girona, Spain, N Crous-Costa, Assistant Professor. University of Girona, Spain

June 2019 / Hardback / 214 Pages / 9781789241129 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
With 10% online discount: £85.50 / €112.50 / $144.00
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Main Description

Religious heritage and sacred sites offer an opportunity for visitors to explore a community's cultural knowledge. However, it is important to consider the role of interpretation, meaning, experience and narrative.

This book is a timely re-assessment of the increasing interconnections between the management of diversity and religious tourism, and secular spaces on a global stage. It explores key learning points from a range of contemporary case studies on religious and pilgrimage activity; these relate to ancient, sacred and emerging tourist destinations, and new forms of pilgrimage, faith systems and quasi-religious activities.

By providing a conceptual framework, the book demonstrates the symbolism of sacred spaces within religious traditions and the relationships developed between them. It offers explanations on how to manage and communicate religious diversity and provides a solid overview of:

Religious tourism as a tool for intercultural dialogue;
Interpretation of religious heritage for tourism;
Cross-cultural contacts.

This book will provide a valuable resource for those researching and practising tourism management, pilgrimage and religious tourism.

  • 1: Introduction
  • Part 1: Conceptual Approaches
  • 2: The Semantics of the Sacred: A Tool for Interreligious Dialogue
  • 3: The Symbolism of Sacred Space
  • 4: The Symbolism of the Built Temple
  • 5: Images as an Embodiment of the Sacred
  • 6: Bible and Religious Tourism: Some Cultural Proposals
  • 7: Revalorization of Europe’s Natural Areas of Spiritual Value and Pilgrimage Routes: Inspirational Tendencies
  • Part 2: Strategies and Tools for Management
  • 8: Interpretation Tools for Religious Heritage
  • 9: Religious Tourism, Pilgrimage: Manifestation of Peace and Enlightenment in Contemporary Religions with Special Reference to Islam
  • 10: Does a Religious Tourist Need a Guide? Interpretation and Storytelling in Sacred Places
  • 11: Pilgrimage Tourism and Social Media: A Way Forward in the 21st Century?
  • Part 3: Case Studies
  • 12: Transformation of Cultural Identity, Tourism and Intercultural Dialogue: Medieval World Heritage Sites in Serbia between Cultural Monuments and Shrines
  • 13: Llull, a Traveller in the Service of the Faith
  • 14: Taking Part in a Pilgrimage by Hosting Pilgrims
  • 15: The Diachrony of Landscapes: A Way of Sightseeing
  • 16: Future for Religious Heritage and the Benefits of European Cooperation
  • 17: Updating a Romantic View? Ruskin’s Mornings in Florence

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Aulet - Dr. Sílvia Aulet Serrallonga is a professor at the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Girona teaching in the Degree of Tourism and in the Master of Cultural Tourism. Her PhD dissertation was the first in Spain to address the subject of religious tourism. Her research line is cultural tourism, from its conceptualization to its management. In this field her focus is twofold: pilgrimage and religious tourism and gastronomy tourism. She is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. She is also part of the Unitwin UNESCO Chair "Culture Tourism and Development. She has carried several research projects both in the university and as a consultant. She has recently participated in several national and European projects, notably in SPIRIT-Youth (related to the creation of a spiritual tourism proposal trough Europe for young people).
Currently she cooperates with different institutions related to religious tourism, such as Montserrat Monastery, organizing courses and seminars to enhance the performance of tourism stakeholders in sacred spaces.

Crous-Costa Neus Crous-Costa is an assistant professor and junior researcher at the Faculty of Tourism (University of Girona) and Tourism Officer at the Museu d'Art de Girona (Girona province art museum). She graduated in tourism studies and holds a Masters degree in tourism planning and management (cultural tourism programme). She is involved in several research projects about cooperation, history of tourism, religious tourism products and destination imagery.

Vidal-Casellas Dolors Vidal-Casellas, PhD, is Dean and a senior lecturer at the Tourism Faculty of the University of Girona. She is Founder of the Official Master in Cultural Tourism, a member of the Contemporary Culture and Art Chair and also member of the research groups 'Contemporary Art Theories' and 'Higher Institute of Tourism Studies' (INSETUR). She is director of the collection 'Turisme cultural' (cultural tourism) by Edicions Vitel·la ( She joined different cooperation programmes with universities from Algeria, Sao Paolo, Piracicaba (Brazil) and San Martin de Porres (Peru). She is also a member of cultural tourism international networks: Ibertur, Atlas and Unitwin 'Culture, tourisme et developpement' (UNESCO). Her research interests include cultural tourism, religious tourism, history of tourism, heritage management, destination imagery and tourism planning and policies.