The Religious Tourism – An Opportunity of Promoting and Developing the Tourism in the Valcea Subcarpathians
Authors: Elena Bogan, Ana-Maria Roangheș-Mureanu, Dana Maria (Oprea) Constantin, Elena Grigore, Sebastian Gabor, Gabriela Dirloman
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Religion has been and continues to be a major component for the ecumenical travels. A main factor in the development of this phenomenon is also the existence of a vast and diversified religious tourism potential (monasteries, convents, churches etc.).
Although the analyzed region is noticed due to the development of the climateric and balneary tourism, the religious tourism could contribute, in the future, to increase the number of tourists, as well as the economic growth. The study aims to analyze precisely this opportunity, unexplored enough, because the existing religious attractions, although known in the whole country, have not been included in the travel programs. An object of the paper is to make an assessment of the religious tourism potential in the Vâlcea Subcarpathians area, analyzing the ways and opportunities for the recovery and development of this potential, and also the perception of tourists on the religious attractions and the satisfaction degree for the offered services.