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Religious Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

Religious Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

 

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Copyright © 2011, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Calle Capitán Haya, 42 28020 Madrid, Spain

Religious Tourism in Asia and the Pacific ISBN-13: 978-92-844-1380-5 Published and printed by the World Tourism Organization, Madrid, Spain First printing: 2011 All rights reserved

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ..................................................................................................... ix Executive Summary................................................................................................... xiii Introduction............................................................................................................... xxv Section 1 – Introductory Essays ................................................................................. 1 1 Pilgrims between East and West ....................................................................... 1 1.1 The Difficulty in Measuring Flows of Religious, Faith or Spiritual Tourism ........................................................................ 2 1.2 The Importance of Asia and the Pacific Religious Tourism ..................... 3 1.3 The Growing Interest for Pilgrimages Routes in Asia and the Pacific ..... 5 1.4 Conclusions ............................................................................................. 6 The Silk Roads of Faith..................................................................................... 11 2.1 Religious Tourism in Asia ...................................................................... 14 Religious Tourism, Spirituality and Peace...................................................... 15 3.1 Tourism: Ritual or Spiritual? .................................................................. 16 3.2 Convergence of Religious Philosophies and Tourism ........................... 17 3.3 Religious Values and Tourism: Contradiction or Commonality? ........... 19 3.4 Thinking Pragmatically about...
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