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Resilience, Authenticity and Digital Heritage Tourism

ISBN 9780367566562
Published September 8, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the authentication of authenticity in heritage tourism by using a resilient smart systems approach. It discusses the emerging trends in cultural tourism and outlines, in a detailed manner, their significance in negotiating authenticity in tourism experience.

Authentication of authenticity is an evolving, less-researched field of inquiry in heritage tourism. This book advances research on this subject by exploring different authentication processes and scrutinizes their resilience in building transformative heritage tourism pathways. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of the manner authenticity has evolved over the last several decades by observing a broad spectrum of cultural expressions. The evolution and meaningfulness of negotiated authenticity is identified and discussed in the context of pre-, intra- and post-pandemic times. This book focuses on the moral and existentialist trajectories or authenticity and the notion of self-authentication. It proposes a smart resilient authentication model to delicately negotiate the objective and self-dimensions of authenticity in transformative times. Furthermore, by sharing examples of best practices, it offers unique insights on how authenticity is authenticated and mediated via digital platforms and artificial intelligence.

This book offers novel perspectives on negotiated authenticity and its authentication in heritage tourism and will appeal to both practitioners and students/scholars in Heritage studies; Design and Innovation; Tourism Studies; Geography and Planning across North America, Europe, and East-Asian countries.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Negotiated Authenticity and its Vulnerability  3. The Authentication and its Authenticating Process  4. Information and Communication Technology and Digitalization in Heritage Tourism  5. Smart and Sustainable Marketing Frameworks for Heritage Tourism  6. Negotiated Authentication of Heritage Accommodations  7. Negotiated Authentication of Homestay Tourism  8. Negotiating Authentication of Nation Branding and Heritage Tourism  9. Negotiated Authentication of Museums  10. Negotiated Authentication of Ethnic Cuisines  11. Negotiated Authentication of Heritage Souvenirs  12. Conceptualizing a Smart Resilient Negotiated Authentication System in Transformative Times

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Deepak Chhabra is an associate professor and senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University, United States. Her research interests include authenticity and authentication of heritage, economic equity, smart/sustainable marketing strategies for heritage tourism, and alternative healing/restorative systems and eudaimonic well-being of both visited and visiting communities.