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
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.