Religious tourism and pilgrimages are as viral as religion and its concepts themselves. Announcements on sacred trips get spread through print and electronic media like wild drumbeats rounding up the faithful for his sacred mission. Religious tourism is often confined to a particular season. News regarding trips, weather report, the likely size of the pilgrims and infrastructural facilities are all informed well in time. The popular media are usually the newsprint, the internet and different religious forums and groups.
In websites developed by the Bureau of Tourism of different nations, a compilation of information touching vital areas like which season to visit the holy sites, type of accommodation available, financial grants if available for enhancing sacred tours and a number of other relevant factors having a bearing on religious trips are brought to the notice of interested tourists.
Faith based tourism has much to do with the flow of emotional tides. The faithful has a kind of committed mission. The need to accomplish his sacred voyage is much stronger than any other form of tourism. Large religious gatherings fed on long marathon sermons conducted by eminent religious heads instill a fiery passion into the hearts of the devout. The preachings are often based upon events and anecdotes having historical significance. A touch of miracle or incidents bordering on the supernatural puts sufficient stimulant and that vital piece of information strong enough to goad the tourist to prepare for a religious trip. Incidentally, there are websites solely devoted to religious tourism. Such a website is www.grouple.com for sourcing information on holy missions.
One specific factor that drives millions of tourists towards a religious site is information on miraculous healing of an incurable disease. Dreadful ailments stand undefeated challenging the latest and the best of the medical treatment that money can buy. The wealthy sufferer is surrounded by a board of the best medical wizards and yet he may have been in grips of a long and painful physical disorder that baffles even the doctors. His confidence gets shaken, and he starts believing in miracles and cures done through sacred voyages to a holy site. One successful faith healing therapy would just add fuel to the flame of devout faith. The news spreads like wild fire bringing in hordes of tourists, and the site comes under limelight as a famous religious destination.
The power of faith healing is strong enough to spread a wave of pious zeal among people, and the natural consequence is assemblage of believers at the sacred site conjuring up miraculous remedies for incurable diseases. A common feature facilitating spread of information on religious tourism is initiatives sometimes taken by god men or the propagator of faith themselves. They tour from city to city drawing attention of the gathering towards the religious significance of a site and the entire benediction achieved from visiting it. This type of mobile faith camps are very effective and can become a store house of religious information for tourists driven by a fiery religious pursuit.