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dc.contributor.authorMunro, Dane-
dc.identifier.citationMunro, D. (2020). Conference Proceedings, Niche Market Formation for Faith-Based Tourism. International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, 8(2), 2.en_GB
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dc.description.abstractThere were many reasons why the International Conference on Niche Market Formation for Faith- Based Tourism: Issues and Policies in Faith-based Tourism Travel Business, was held in Malta. Worldwide, the faith-based tourism market is experiencing substantial growth and pilgrimage centres of different religions have been reporting increasing pilgrim numbers. In the last decade or so, visitor numbers connected to faith-based tourism have increased rapidly, contributing to a growing economic sector, notwithstanding the global financial and economic crises of the early twenty-first century. It was estimated that in 2018 there were 1.4 billion tourists globally, of whom approximately one-third travelled for religious purposes (UNWTO WT Barometer 2019). This would suggest that nearly one-third of the annual arrivals worldwide are linked to religious sites. However, this global growth of faith-based tourism and pilgrimage has hardly impinged on the structuring or niche-forming of inbound faith-based tourism to the Maltese archipelago, despite that in various periods of Maltese history, the islands were known as a pilgrim destination. While tourism is a vital pillar of the Maltese economy, notwithstanding its fully developed, tried and tested tourism infrastructure, up to now it has not managed to foster any significant faith-based tourism and to attract its share of pilgrimage tourists.en_GB
dc.publisherInternational Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimageen_GB
dc.subjectSpiritual formationen_GB
dc.subjectDark tourismen_GB
dc.subjectHeritage tourismen_GB
dc.subjectTourism -- Social aspectsen_GB
dc.subjectPilgrims and pilgrimagesen_GB
dc.subjectSacred placesen_GB
dc.titleEditorial : conference proceedings, niche market formation for faith-based tourismen_GB
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dc.bibliographicCitation.conferencenameInternational Conference on Niche Market Formation for Faith- Based Tourism: Issues and Policies in Faith-based Tourism Travel Businessen_GB
dc.bibliographicCitation.conferenceplaceBugibba, Malta, 19-21/10/2017en_GB
dc.publication.titleInternational Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 8 (2)en_GB
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