Religious Heritage and Tourism
Fascinating religious heritage, along with a rich cultural and natural history, has helped to make Europe the world’s leading tourist region. An extraordinary tapestry of art forms, heritage sites and spiritual festivals are living legacies of Europe’s magnificent, diverse and longstanding cultures. These legacies inspired over six hundred million travellers from around the world to visit Europe in 2015.
Take it or leave it?
Expectations, frustrations and gratifications of visitors at religious heritage sites
Faith-based (heritage) tourism is a key contributor to the economy and adds to the attractiveness of cities, villages and regions. However, religious sites are visited as heritage sites rather than religious sites and visitors expect to be treated as visitors rather than believers. What does that mean for operators, no matter if church-based, public or private? How can religious sites meet expectations of visitors – and where are the limits?
Towards five hundred years of Reformation
How does religious travel contribute to inbound tourism in Germany?
In 2015, for the first time ever, around eighty million overnights stays were made by foreign visitors in Germany, up by 5.4 per cent compared to 2014 and a twenty million increase when looking back to 2010. Germany’s most important source markets contributing to this successful development of inbound travel are the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA and the UK.
Putting religious heritage on the map
The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and religious heritage tourism
Europe offers a wide variety of historic and cultural tourism itineraries crossing several regions and countries and providing a living example of the rich and impressive European common heritage. The Council of Europe launched the Cultural Routes programme in 1987, at the time of writing counting some 32 certified itineraries across more than 50 countries. (meer…)
The North Ways to Santiago, known in Spanish as the Caminos del Norte, are the perfect frame to transmit history, on a regional, national and European level. They represent the first steps of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. (meer…)