Authenticity in industrial heritage tourism sites: Local community perspectives

Authors

  • Tânia Guerra Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology & CiTUR (Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Peniche, Portugal. Email: tania.guerra@ipleiria.pt https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7266-9374
  • Pilar Moreno Faculty of Tourism and Finance, University of Seville, Spain. Email: pilarmoreno@us.es https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1786-9832
  • António Sérgio Araújo de Almeida Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology & CiTUR (Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Peniche, Portugal. Email: antonio.s.almeida@ipleiria.pt https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3758-7656
  • Liliana C. Vitorino Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, School of Technology and Management, Leiria, Portugal. Email: liliana.vitorino@ipleiria.pt

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54055/ejtr.v32i.2379

Keywords:

host authenticity, perceived authenticity, industrial heritage, community participation, support for tourism

Abstract

Our research addresses the perceived authenticity by the local community, as a means of enhancing Industrial Heritage Tourism. It aims to explore the influence of perceived authenticity in the future intentions of the local community, concerning a heritage tourism destination. Data was collected from São João da Madeira residents, Portugal, and the sample consisted of 389 respondents. The statistical technique applied was the structural equation model (SEM). Our findings suggest that perceived heritage plays a significant role in residents’ attitudes towards tourism development support, their own participation ideals, and their attachment to the place. These findings will contribute to both practical and theoretical research, as they aim to enhance current knowledge on residents’ perceived authenticity, being an understudied approach; furthermore, it offers a valuable opportunity to consider residents in the management and planning of an industrial tourism destination. This study analyses the outcomes of the obtained results. Additionally, it presents the main limitations, suggests future lines of research, and provides practical and theoretical data for both public and private entities, aiming at future improvements in the development of industrial heritage tourism.

Author Biographies

Tânia Guerra, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology & CiTUR (Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Peniche, Portugal. Email: tania.guerra@ipleiria.pt

PhD Tourism Candidate - University of Seville, Spain. Invited Assistant Professor - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria). CiTUR - Tourism Applied Research Centre in IPLeiria member.

Pilar Moreno, Faculty of Tourism and Finance, University of Seville, Spain. Email: pilarmoreno@us.es

Faculty of Tourism and Finance, Department of Applied Economics I, University of Seville, Spain

Associate Professor at University of Seville, PhD

António Sérgio Araújo de Almeida, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, School of Tourism and Maritime Technology & CiTUR (Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Peniche, Portugal. Email: antonio.s.almeida@ipleiria.pt

PhD in Tourism Sciences - University of Perpignan, France. Associate Professor - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (IPLeiria). Integrated Member - CiTUR - Tourism Applied Research Centre in IPLeiria. He is currently vice director of School of Tourism and Maritime Technology of IPLeiria and coordinator of the master degree in Tourism and Environment of IPLeiria.

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Published

2022-08-05

How to Cite

Guerra, T., Moreno, P., Araújo de Almeida, A. S., & Vitorino, L. (2022). Authenticity in industrial heritage tourism sites: Local community perspectives. European Journal of Tourism Research, 32, 3208. https://doi.org/10.54055/ejtr.v32i.2379