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Meaning of Short-term Mission Trips: From a Viewpoint of Tourism

Yoon Jung Lee 1

1호서대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study suggests research themes concerning short-term mission trips(STM) within the tourism field. In spite of the rapid increase of STM travelers and their influence, STM has not been researched as part of the tourism field. STM can be defined as a type of religious tourism and this form of tourism is an integral part of the tourism field. Also, STM travelers have a strong desire to interact with local residents in order to achieve their purpose of evangelism. This means their relationship with local residents is critical. In addition, interaction between hosts and tourists has received considerable attention from tourism scholars. On the contrary, interactions between STMs and local residents have received little attention from tourism researchers. This study argues that STMs are valuable and warrant study within the tourism field and the study expanded the current knowledge base of STMs. From a practical perspective, it is hoped that a better understanding of mission trips will lead organizations to provide support and services for mission trips. This will involve managing relationships between travelers and locals.

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