The Opportunity for Religious Tourism: In the Perspective of Bangladesh


  • Jashim Uddin Sarker Assistant Professor, The People's University of Bangladesh



Traditionally Bangladeshi people are religious regardless of religious faith. All the main religions (Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist) enjoy religious freedom in praying, pilgrimage, and celebration regardless of their numbers. Best architectures are displayed at thousands of ancient/new mosques, churches, pagodas, and synagogues scattered around the country. Thousands of people travel to see the Architectural ornamentation of various praying institutions. Spiritual tourism generates millions domestically and millions of foreign currencies for international spiritual travelers. Religious tourism is one of the largest contributors in overall tourism industry. Tourism not only increases tertiary employment, but it also stimulates the primary and secondary economies. The study shows that in Bangladesh there are tremendous opportunities to grow religious tourism because it has a lot of religious, cultural and archeological heritage, historical heritage, which could be potential destinations for tourism. The report also discusses issues with the growth of religious tourism and recommendations are also provided to motivate religious visitors to visit the country's numerous religious sites and to stimulate economic growth in Bangladesh.


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