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Lourdes, haut-lieu du tourisme religieux, entre crise et transition ?

Abstract : The obsolescence of some tourist sites has been researched and modelled by the geographers R.W. Butler and M. Chadefaud who applied the concept of a product's life cycle. This approach to the evolution of destinations has been adapted to Lourdes, an important mecca as far as religious tourism is concerned. By disrupting the system in Lourdes, the COVID-19 crisis could accelerate the transformation of the destination and facilitate the transition. From a diachronic and synchronic viewpoint, this paper gives a wider perspective to the current crisis. Although the Sanctuary is introducing some innovative concepts, those innovations fall more within a logic of "adaptation-resilience" than a transformation process. These initiatives are not universally welcomed by local tourism professionals, who find it difficult to consider a new approach to the destination. So far, the crisis seems to have intensified tensions among the stakeholders rather than federated their energies into a joint project of transition towards a more sustainable tourism.
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Nathalie Jarraud, Sylvie Clarimont. Lourdes, haut-lieu du tourisme religieux, entre crise et transition ?. Via Tourism Review, Association Via@, 2021, ⟨10.4000/viatourism.7909⟩. ⟨hal-03524801⟩



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