Moving from pilgrimage to "dark" tourism: leveraging tourism in Palestine

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Traveling to places associated with death is not a new phenomenon. People have long been drawn, purposefully or otherwise, towards sites, attractions, and events linked in one way or another with death, suffering, violence, or disaster. War-related attractions, though diverse, are a subset of the totality of tourist sites associated with death and suffering. This article aims to assess how "dark" tourism may play a role in leveraging tourism in Palestine, which has largely relied on pilgrimage tourism in the past. This article investigates the potential for developing this form of tourism, since Palestine has been undergoing death, suffering, violence, or disaster through political tension and instability since 1948 and arguably for a generation earlier, but has not yet developed a strategy for tourism development that considers this type of tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalTourism Culture & Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Dark tourism
  • Palestine
  • Pilgrimage
  • Suffering
  • Wall


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