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Performing authenticity: independent Chinese travellers’ tourism dining experiences in Europe

Performing authenticity: independent Chinese travellers’ tourism dining experiences in Europe

Cai, Wenjie ORCID: 0000-0002-1505-7240, Gebbels, Maria ORCID: 0000-0001-9623-2655 and Hafiz Zainal-Shukri, Wan (2021) Performing authenticity: independent Chinese travellers’ tourism dining experiences in Europe. Tourism Management, 86:104339. ISSN 0261-5177 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2021.104339)

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Abstract

Authenticity seeking in dining experiences has focused on “perceptions” rather than “doing” and “sense-making”. This study aims to understand how independent Chinese travellers perform authenticity through their dining experiences in Europe through the lens of performance theory. A mobile ethnography approach was applied by following 14 informants in 3 trips across Europe to gain an in-depth understanding of independent Chinese travellers’ dining experiences. Three sets of field notes, 21 interview transcripts, drawings, reflexive diaries, social media posts, and blogs were collected. The findings suggest that independent Chinese travellers navigate between directed performance and improvised play in tourism dining. They seek the novelties and familiarities of food in the process of perceiving, understanding, appreciating and rejecting authenticity. This study extends our understanding of experienced authenticity through the lens of performance theory. Furthermore, the study provides detailed accounts of overlooked authenticity-seeking through tourism dining of the non-Western market segment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance theory, authenticity, tourism dining, independent Chinese travellers, mobile ethnography, food
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2021 09:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32112

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