Perspectives on the Regional Economic Value of a Pilgrimage
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Special Issue: Innovative Approaches to Tourism Marketing and Management Research
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 407–414, July/August 2014
How to Cite
Saayman, A., Saayman, M. and Gyekye, A. (2014), Perspectives on the Regional Economic Value of a Pilgrimage. Int. J. Tourism Res., 16: 407–414. doi: 10.1002/jtr.1936
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 2012
- religious tourism;
- South Africa
Pilgrimages around the world attract large numbers of followers, often classified as religious tourists. More than a million people attend the annual Easter weekend meeting of The Zion Christian Church in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world and could be expected to have a significant impact on the regional economy. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the spending behaviour of pilgrims at the gathering and the impact that the event has on the economy of Limpopo – one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.