Religious tourism is a type of tourism that involves visiting or understanding holy places.

There are three categories of religious tourism:

  1. Based on faith: implies a religious motivation and is based on devotion.
  2. Based on architecture and heritage: visitors are mainly interested in the architectural side and the aspect of heritage.
  3. Based on the major figures, especially the saints.

Spiritual tourism incorporates the notion of a personal journey for the visitor or guidance received at the place visited. It is associated with travelling or planning a stay with the purpose of taking stock of one’s life or for reasons of personal and spiritual growth. Such travels are motivated by the search for a fulfilling inner experience and the goal of having a revitalizing stay and going on a journey that leads to the well-being of the mind, body and soul.


Definitions of types of visitors:

Tourist: A person who takes part in an activity as part of a trip lasting one night or longer, who lives outside of the place of the activity regardless of distance and who uses commercial or private lodging. The reason for the trip does not change the definition of “tourist”, whether the motive is of a religious or cultural nature (QRSTA).

One-day traveller: A person living in Quebec, outside of a radius of 40 km from the place of an activity, who takes part in that activity as part of a two-way trip made during a single day; or a person living outside of Quebec regardless of the distance who takes part in an activity as part of a two-way trip made during a single day.


Ecumenism[1]: The principle or aim of promoting unity among the world's Christian Churches.


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