Turystyka religijna elementem turystyki kulturowej na przykładzie wyjazdów polskich grup turystycznych do Ziemi Świętej
RELIGIOUS TOURISM AS AN ELEMENT OF CULTURAL TOURISM – A CASE STUDY OF POLISH TOURIST GROUPS VISITING THE HOLY LAND
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The article attempts to describe, from the semantic point of view, religious tourism of Polish groups to the Holy Land and to show cultural aspects of this kind of tourism. The number of trips to the Holly Land/Israel/Palestine has been gradually increasing on Polish tourist market. In the last few years, we can notice a substantial increase of not only interest in this destination, but also the increase of variety of itineraries offered to tourists. For years, the dominating kind were the pilgrimage trips, however, in recent times, we can notice the increase of typically tourist trips based on not only visiting “the most important places”, but also on taking advantage of other attractions of the region, such as the sea and the weather. Every trip to Israel/Palestine is closely connected with cultural tourism. This noteworthy subject, because of the national demand, has not been thoroughly analyzed in professional literature so far. Therefore, the attempt to systematize the issue undertaken in the present text can be a starting point to a large-scale analysis of this segment of pilgrimage and religious outbound tourism in Poland.
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