Exploring visitor experiences, activities and benefits at three religious tourism sites

Bond, Nigel, Packer, Jan and Ballantyne, Roy (2015) Exploring visitor experiences, activities and benefits at three religious tourism sites. International Journal of Tourism Research, 17 5: 471-481. doi:10.1002/jtr.2014


Author Bond, Nigel
Packer, Jan
Ballantyne, Roy
Title Exploring visitor experiences, activities and benefits at three religious tourism sites
Journal name International Journal of Tourism Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-1970
1099-2340
Publication date 2015
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jtr.2014
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Issue 5
Start page 471
End page 481
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This research examines and compares the experiences of visitors (N = 534) to three different Christian religious heritage sites: Canterbury Cathedral, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Glastonbury Abbey Christian pilgrimage festival. Employing the activity, setting, experience and benefit framework, the findings indicate that the three religious sites attract visitors who seek different kinds of experiences and report different kinds of benefits. Results indicate that restorative experiences and benefits often overshadow the spiritual or cognitive benefits that many believe to be the primary outcomes of religious tourism. These results challenge traditional ideas about what it means to be a visitor at historical religious sites.
Keyword Keywords
Religious tourism
Visitor experience
Pilgrimage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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