Staged authenticity and heritage tourism

Deepak Chhabra, Robert Healy, Erin Sills

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Much of today's heritage tourism product depends on the staging or re-creation of ethnic or cultural traditions. This study analyzes the role of perceived authenticity as a measure of product quality and as a determinant of tourist satisfaction. The event studied was the Flora Macdonald Scottish Highland Games held in North Carolina (United States). Tourists and event organizers were asked to evaluate the authenticity of specific festival events on a Likert scale. The study revealed that high perception of authenticity can be achieved even when the event is staged in a place far away from the original source of the cultural tradition. Important differences in perceived authenticity were observed among various groups of visitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)702-719
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Authenticity
  • Festival
  • Heritage
  • Scottish Highland Games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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