Religious tourism

Niche or mainstream?
  • Fiete Seyer
  • Daniel Müller


Religious tourism has increasingly won in popularity in recent years. There is no general definition of religion; actually almost every religion has its slightly different explanation. The most represented religion groups are Christians, Islamists, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews. According to an American dictionary religion is defined as follows:


Tourism Industry Sacred Place Faith Group Religious Conflict Religious Centre 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  • Fiete Seyer
  • Daniel Müller

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