The International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage  (IRTP) Group was launched in 2003 by a lively and research active group, most of whom are still involved with the group in researching religious tourism and pilgrimage related themes to this day. One of the aims at the outset was ‘to increase the relatively little researched relationship between cultural tourism, spiritual tourism, and religious tourism’, and due to the combined efforts of its participants, the International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Group has been a key international player in expanding the flourishing literature on this ‘little researched’ topic in recent years.

In the past number of years this International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Group has gone from strength to strength, with forthcoming publications and events adding to our track record of high quality outputs.

A very exciting departure in late 2013 was the involvement of International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Group members in developing the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (launched at our Maltese workshop). This online, open access publication platform is already very advanced and four Issues (one being a Special Issue on Terrorism and Tourism) have been published (as of October 2016, 20,000 individual paper downloads had occurred). The journal is double-blind reviewed, and the editorial board truly represents an international range of experts. The website for the journal is here: and a facebook page is available here: