Faculty Publications

Title

Defining authenticity and its determinants: Toward an authenticity flow model

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Authenticity flow, Marketing system, Producers, Scottish merchandise, Suppliers, Tourists, Vendors

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Travel Research

Volume

44

Issue

1

First Page

64

Last Page

73

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to broaden the understanding of authenticity through an empirical examination of Scottish goods sold to tourists at retail outlets and festivals. The focus was on vendors selling Scottish merchandise in the United States and Canada. A majority of the vendors describe authenticity as a representation of Scottish traditions, and their definitions do not vary with their socioeconomic characteristics but with the percentage of income obtained from festivals. The study further traces the authenticity flow in the marketing system on a continuum of 1 to 4, with 1 being the originator and 4 being the receiver. The results indicate that authenticity is supply driven and that producers are its determinants who obtain verificationsfrom the trade fair, historians, and ancestral heritage. Vendors act as liaisons between the producers and the consumers, and, contrary to expectations, tourists are the receivers of authenticity. © 2005 Sage Publications.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2005

DOI of published version

10.1177/0047287505276592

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