Today, pilgrimage is experiencing increasing interest, although the reasons for doing so are changing. Locations along pilgrim routes and popular sacred sites, normally profit economically, but to date, the regional economic effects of even very small pilgrimage sites are underexplored. Therefore, in this regard, this study examines two small-scale pilgrimage sites in Biberbach and Wigratzbad (both in Bavaria, Germany), using interviews and calculations. We find that even small pilgrimage sites can produce a notable increase in regional EVA and create jobs through local businesses. There is much to suggest that this is not only due to demand, but also, and above all else, to the local supply structure.
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"Regional Economic Impact of Small-Scale Pilgrimage Sites: Local Value Added by Small Sanctuaries in Rural Areas (Bavaria, Germany),"
International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage:
3, Article 10.
Available at: https://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/vol6/iss3/10