Author(s): Meltem ALTINAY ├ľZDEM?R, Ay?eg├╝l ACAR, F├╝sun ?STANBULLUD?N├çER
Spiritual tourism is defined as not only a journey to a sacred place, a tomb or to a temple, a sanctuary that allows one's beliefs, but also it is defined as a quest to find your own sense of self. Basically, spiritual tourism aims to enable tourists to gain experiences that can be viable not only during travel, but throughout life. For this reason, travels not only for religious purposes but also travels that are made by gaining spiritual point of view in order to explore their inner worlds are considered within spritual tourism. In this research using qualitative research technique, firstly literature review was conducted. Then, the spiritual tourism movements that are active in the world are examined. The research aims to reveal where and how the spiritual tourism movements take place and to reveal the potential of future spritual tourism. Due to the limitation of national literature research, in this study, which is made by using international literature review, spritual areas in which spritual tourisms are took place and which are being tried to gain tourism are investigated in this study. As a result of this study, it has been revealed that each country has its own unique spiritual values and practices. Especially destinations such as India, Nepal, Peru and Bali are seen to have been trying to improve the country tourism by making plans in spiritual tourism marketing. However, segments where these marketing plans are predominant have reached the result that they vary from country to country.