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Activity participation, episode duration and stop-making behavior of pilgrims in a religious event: An exploratory analysis

Verma, A and Verma, M and Sarangi, P and Yadav, V and M, M (2021) Activity participation, episode duration and stop-making behavior of pilgrims in a religious event: An exploratory analysis. In: Journal of Choice Modelling, 38 .

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Activity travel pattern of pilgrims in a religious setting is a complex process. Extant literature on religious tourism has taken minimal efforts in addressing such complexity, which has led to a paucity of information on preferred activity participation destinations and trip chain sequences of pilgrims. So, the present research objective is two-fold. First, to examine the causal effects of socio-demographics and daily local temperature on activity participation, trip chain type, and time allocation of individuals using structural equation modeling (SEM) that can help identify the dominant activity patterns. Second is to explore the impact of socio-demographic variables and activity patterns on the propensity of stop-making behavior using an ordered logit (OL) framework to better plan and manage the influx of flows. The primary data was collected using an activity-travel diary by taking the case study of the Kumbh Mela event, which is considered as the world's largest mass religious gathering, held at Ujjain, India, in 2016. From the results, it is observed that Males have a lower tendency to take multiple stops for primary religious activities and have simple trip chains. An increase in the members of a family visiting Kumbh decreases their overall time spent across various activities. As the mercury (temperature) rises, it reduces tourist's participation in recreational and discretionary activities. Individuals who participate in primary and secondary religious activities tend to spend more time at Kumbh as compared to individuals who primarily visit for recreational purposes. These empirical findings provide meaningful insights for managing large religious events. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Choice Modelling
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: Copyright to this article belongs to Elsevier Ltd
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 11:06
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2021 11:06
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67856

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