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Christian Tourism to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage during Security Crisis, 1st Edition

By Noga Collins-Kreiner, Nurit Kliot, Yoel Mansfeld, Keren Sagi


197 pages

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The historic phenomenon of pilgrimage is experiencing a resurgence around the world. A journey resulting from religious causes, it not only provides a spiritual experience, but also one of new environments, cultures and peoples, and is often undertaken as a guided tour. Yet pilgrimage as a mode of tourism has been little investigated. This book adds considerably to our knowledge by focusing on one specific pilgrimage voyage - that to the Holy Land during times of security crisis there. In doing so, it examines this tourism journey in relation to constraints and high levels of risk experienced by the pilgrims. It explores both the behavioural aspects of undertaking pilgrimage to such an insecure situation and the impacts of such crisis on the host tourism infrastructure and industry. It therefore not only provides insights into pilgrimage as tourism - and into this particular country's experience - but also offers an integrative approach to tourism crisis management.


’This excellently written book is essential reading for tourism scholars and practitioners who are interested in the exploding domain of religious tourism and pilgrimages to sacred places. Though it concentrates on the country of Israel, the lessons learned from it could be applied to other religious tourist destinations around the world. When reading it one wonders why a book like this hasn't been done before.’ Abraham Pizam, University of Central Florida, USA

Table of Contents

Contents: Pilgrimage: global patterns and the pilgrimage to the Holy Land; Anatomy of Israeli tourism crisis; Research design, methodology and sample; The behavioural aspects of the sacred journey: the inner world of religious tourists at a time of security crisis; Attitudes, images and perception of Israel and the Holy Land: between the sacred and the profane; The sacred landscape: pilgrimage geography, experience, perception and behaviour in the Christian Terra Scanta; Discussion and concluding comments; Mirroring on a pilgrimage tourism crisis: from anatomy to integrated crisis-management approach; References; Supplements; Index.

About the Authors

Dr Yoel Mansfeld, Dr Noga Collins-Kreiner, Professor Nurit Kliot and Mrs Keren Sagi are all faculty members of the Department of Geography, University of Haifa, Israel. Dr Yoel Mansfeld is also the Head of the Center for Tourism, Pilgrimage & Recreation Research at the University of Haifa, Israel.

About the Series

New Directions in Tourism Analysis

New Directions in Tourism Analysis
Although tourism is becoming increasingly popular as both a taught subject and an area for empirical investigation, the theoretical underpinnings of many approaches have tended to be eclectic and somewhat underdeveloped. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tourism studies is beginning to develop in a more theoretically informed manner, but this has not yet been matched by current publications. The aim of this series is to fill this gap with high quality monographs or edited collections that seek to develop tourism analysis at both theoretical and substantive levels using approaches which are broadly derived from allied social science disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology, Human and Social Geography, and Cultural Studies. As tourism studies covers a wide range of activities and sub fields, certain areas such as Hospitality Management and Business, which are already well provided for, would be excluded. The series will therefore fill a gap in the current overall pattern of publication. Suggested themes to be covered by the series, either singly or in combination, include - consumption; cultural change; development; gender; globalisation; political economy; social theory; sustainability.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography