Concept of Authenticity in Tourism: the Case of Istria County

Vodanović, Ives (2014) Concept of Authenticity in Tourism: the Case of Istria County. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Geography.

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For decades, the concept of authenticity has been recognized as an important tourist phenomenon and therefore valuable research objective. The main aim of the thesis is to investigate the concept of authenticity in tourism of Istria County. Analysis is based on two different examples. Firstly, we aim to determine degree of authenticity of destination image of Inner Istria and research the role of festivals in that process. Second example concerns living history project entitled Istra Inspirit. Methodological framework consists of both quantitative and qualitative techniques. We have used content analysis of web pages of tourist boards, questionnaire survey conducted by organizers of Istra Inspirit events as well as participatory observations and in-depth interviews. The research results confirmed the importance of authenticity in tourism. However, we propose to replace the model of objective authenticity which currently dominates Istra Inspirit events with the model of existential authenticity. This is of great importance since the main aim of the organizers is to create emotional experience. The proposal is based on the concept of the shown theatricality, as an approach towards authenticity that accentuates greater level of artistic freedom which enables broader and richer varieties of experiences and understandings, depending on individual inner needs.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: authenticity, festivals, Istria, Istra Inspirit, tourism
Supervisor: Zupanc, Ivan
Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 111
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geography
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
Depositing User: Inja Cahun
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 09:16
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 08:10

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