Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.



Authenticity in tourism can be defined as the value that tourists and hosts place on the development and consumption of what are perceived to be genuine cultural events, products and experiences.

Discussions of authenticity are common in the literature of tourism studies and have been central to explorations of the social and cultural impacts of tourism since the American anthropologist Dean MacCannell first published his influential text The Tourist in 1976. The increasing influence of the tourism industry, the greater ease of travel and ever-widening range of visited places has increased the urgency of debates on the impacts of tourism on the authenticity of cultures. These debates focus on the ways in which tourism has impacted on the authenticity of:

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