Pilgrimage Tourism (Hardback)
Tourism is one of the largest service industries in India. Pilgrimage Tourism to Shrine is an important component of the tourism industry. Pilgrimage tourism motivates tourists for the achievement of religious attitude and practices. It is estimated that every year around, seven million pilgrims visit the Shrine, which is influencing the socio-economic environment of the region. It has contributed effectively to the growth and development of the place. Considering the significance of pilgrimage tourism, both the Central and State Governments have been implementing several schemes and programmes for the development of Pilgrim centres in the country with the ultimate aim of satisfying the requirements of the pilgrims. The present book tries to investigate the Pilgrimage Tourism in India with particular reference to Sabarimala Temple in the State of Kerala. The authors have made an attempt to discuss the areas of various pilgrim services, assessment of pilgrim satisfaction and identification of issues and challenges of Sabarimala pilgrims. The book comprises seven chapters, including an introduction and summing up. It is hoped that the book will be useful to executives and all those interested in pilgrim tourism sector, policy-makers, Government, academicians and researchers in the area of Social Sciences especially in Commerce and Management studies.