The recently held International Conference on Religious Tourism in Rome found that the future of religious tourism is pluralism, because today’s form of travel, even when it comes to pilgrimages, is often associated with culture, eno-gastronomy, cultural routes or cycling and implies a re-discovery of spiritual life, monasteries, tradition and art.
Even though ATI specialises in congress tourism, it is a boutique agency that can provide you with a number of quality and professional travel services. One of the segments we work in is religious tourism, a sector that continues to grow year over year.
Proving that this is an ever growing sector is the news of the recently held 3rd International Conference on Religious Tourism in Rome under the patronage of the National Office for the Leisure, Tourism and Sports and Tor Vergata University, with the participation of about one hundred representatives from 15 countries. During the conference, the participants discussed the complex responsibility of organising religious travel, which creates a need for companies that provide a reliable organisation and service, without neglecting the basic motive of travel — spirituality, faith, but also a responsible attitude toward destinations as well as the sustainability of the sacred heritage. Also, the importance of experiencing destinations and linking tourists with the local population has been emphasised.
The conference attendants concluded that the future of religious tourism is pluralism, because today’s form of travel, even when it comes to pilgrimages, is often associated with culture, eno-gastronomy, cultural routes or cycling and implies a re-discovery of spiritual life, monasteries, tradition and art.
41.4% of travellers in religious tourism are between the age of 30 and 50, while 44.4% want to work with an agency
Data for religious travel in Italy was also presented at the conference and research found that 41.4% of travellers in religious tourism are between the ages of 30 and 50 and 44.4 want their travels to be organised through agents, tour operators and travel agencies. This data certainly points to the fact that it is a branch of tourism whose significance is increasing, but it seems that the potential is insufficiently exploited. Among the 25 most visited places in the world, including famous religious destinations such as Fatima, Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, Czestochowa, Medjugorje, Caravaca, but also Jerusalem or Guadalupe in Mexico.
The ATI Agency also organises visits to these destinations and believes that this segment of tourism should have more places in the country’s tourism promotion and be more strategically used because this type of tourism is linked to culture, eno-gastronomy and other offerings, discovering spiritual life through tours monasteries, cathedrals, sanctuaries and other sacral objects. Religious tourism is a significant form of activity that enables the preservation of traditional values and religious qualities of communities as well as the economic recovery of neglected areas.