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A model of pilgrimage tourism: process, interface, people and sequence

Padin, Carmen, Svensson, Goran and Wood, Greg 2016, A model of pilgrimage tourism: process, interface, people and sequence, European business review, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 77-95, doi: 10.1108/EBR-01-2015-0003.

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Title A model of pilgrimage tourism: process, interface, people and sequence
Author(s) Padin, Carmen
Svensson, Goran
Wood, Greg
Journal name European business review
Volume number 28
Issue number 1
Start page 77
End page 95
Total pages 19
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 0955-534X
Summary Purpose – This paper aims to examine the elements of the main process of pilgrimage tourism (PT), occurring between pilgrims, hikers and tourists along a trail towards a holy site. PT is defined as a process consisting of three sub-processes over time and across contexts: pre-process, main process and post-process. Design/methodology/approach – Explores the core reasons for PT through active participation and observation. Findings – This study reveals different layers, levels, views, approaches and perspectives involved in people-based processes. The study attempts to conceptualize the elements involved between people committed and dedicated to PT. Research limitations/implications – The introduced model of PT stresses the processes and interfaces involved over time and across contexts between people, with the same or different sequences. There is, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, no previous research that explores and describes the processes and interaction between pilgrims, hikers and tourists. Practical implications – The ultimate experience at an individual level differs, depending upon the outcome of the PT-elements of the model of PT (i.e. processes, interfaces, people and sequences). Social implications – From a social science perspective, the research examines the motives of different traveller types and looks at their different perspectives of being involved with the same physical activity of travel. The study emphasises that we can be involved in the same physical activity, but embrace it with different levels of personal and emotional engagement. Originality/value – A conceptualized model of PT containing four elements (process, interface, people and sequence) – all of which offer a foundation for structuring and assessing empirical research, and provide additional insights and knowledge into the dynamics and complexity involved specifically in a people-based process consisting of interfaces and sequences when travelling.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/EBR-01-2015-0003
Field of Research 150606 Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Socio Economic Objective 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Emerald Group Publishing
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