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Religious Tourism - Trends, Opportunities and Perspectives through the Prism of Plovdiv Destination
Zlatka Grigorova

Last modified: 2018-02-12


The paper analyzes the religious tourism by following the trends, opportunities and prospects for its development - one of the specialized types of tourism that has a serious potential in the destination of Plovdiv.

An assessment of the resource base was made by identifying the religious sites. Evaluation of state, attractiveness, attractiveness and authenticity of the resources for the development of religious tourism, as well as the quality of tourism services, was made through a survey. A general characteristic of the destination and the satisfaction of visitors from the tourist services is presented. General conclusions were made and recommendations for further research were given.


religious tourism, cultural tourism, resources, religious sites, destination.


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