RELIGIOUS TOURISM IN THAILAND- A REVIEW OF THAI LITERATURE FROM 2012-2021
Religious tourism is recognised as one of the earliest and oldest types of tourism, helping to create a tourism industry that is one of the most significant economic contributors globally. Religious travel is among the most important sectors in the market, expanding quickly with many tourists travelling internationally. The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates that the number of tourists travelling to the world’s major religious sites is between 300 and 330 million each year. Religious tourism therefore makes significant contributions to the socioeconomic growth and long-term sustainability of local communities in Thailand. Whilst not new, research relating to Thailand’s religious tourism has been under considered. This research investigated 38 research articles on religious tourism published between 2012 and 2021. The study used meta-analysis to classify papers according to the methodology used throughout the research, religious affiliation, the geographical region under study, disciplinary classifications, and the context of the study. Consequently, the study of religious tourism from the perspective of Thailand is very significant and the findings may help to determine whether and what elements of religious tourism could be developed as well as providing a basis for future studies.
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