Sustainable Religious Tourism Destination Management: The Case of Udupi, India

Venkatachalam, Balaji V and Patwardhan , Vidya (2011) Sustainable Religious Tourism Destination Management: The Case of Udupi, India. In: Sustainable destination excellence : Innovations in alternative tourism. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management , Jammu, pp. 44-53. ISBN 9788190970440

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With large number of Indian tourists travelling for „religious tourism‟, the industry and academia has begun to turn its attention towards studying and analyzing the issues related to its sustainability. The interest in the domestic religious tourism in India is one aspect of this phenomenon which covers two kinds of domestic travellers: those who travel specifically for religious purposes such as a pilgrimage and those who travel for other purposes but include visits to religious sites as part of their tour. Many destinations in India , such as Tirupati or Krishna Temple- Udupi are already grappling with issues related to the sustainable development of religious tourism such as the measurement and the administration of the flow of visitors during events, the preservation and environmental management of religious and cultural monuments, as well as health, safety and security of the visitors themselves. Thousands of visitors throng the Udupi Krishna temple all round the year. As the religious tourism industry grows in Udupi, there is a greater need for the city to incorporate sustainable environmental practices in its day to day activities. This paper examines how Udupi as a religious tourist destination can benefit from sustainable environmental practices. In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of administrators and local government officials in Udupi district to solicit their views on sustainable environmental practices being implemented in the city.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Religious Tourism, Destination, Environnemental Management
Subjects: Hotel Management > WGSHA Manipal
Depositing User: WGSHA EPrints Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 06:10
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2012 08:40

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