Tourism between Place and Performance

According to the estimates of the year 2006, more than 320 million people go on pilgrimage locations every year. Noticeably, this makes up around more around 35-40 percent of total tourism (Leonard, pp. 45-71, 2006).
Apart from all these statistics, a recent survey with random travelers also found out that almost one-quarter of the travelers have shown their interest in taking up a religious or spiritual vacation in the near future (Goeldner &amp. Ritchie, pp. 26-48, 2006). In addition, there are more than 50000 churches all over the United States having some sort of religious travel program (Leonard, pp. 45-71, 2006). Another considerable point is the constant growth that this field of tourism has been witnessing. Despite the fact that the overall tourism market has seen a slow down pattern in growth, the same does not apply to the religious segment of tourism. One may argue at this stage that why it is so? (Coleman &amp. Crang, pp. 12-15, 2002).
Why despite the recession, the number of religiously motivated tourists has not decreased? This appears to be against our assumption of the west (if not the whole world) turning into a place of more sophisticated, rational, hardworking people living in a scientific, technological and modern world. If Church attendance is decreasing, then why are the visits to pilgrimage sites? However, the answer lies in the question. It has happened because of the fact that they are religiously motivated. When your motivation or inspiration is non-physical and coming from a strong source like your religion, then it becomes somewhat impossible to shake it (Leonard, pp. 45-71, 2006).
Other tourists have their motivations in fun, entertainment, explorations, education, volunteerism, and wildlife, food, cultural or historical then there is a strong chance that one will compromise it if his or her other resources are on a stake (Smith &amp. Robinson, pp. 145-169, 2006). Nevertheless, this is not the case with religious traveling.