Responses to Replica (vs. Genuine) Touristic Experiences

Gülen Sarial Abi*, Ezgi Merdin-Uygur, Zeynep Gürhan-Canli

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A growing trend in tourism is the use of replica experiences. Yet, consumers' responses to replica (vs. genuine) touristic experiences are mostly overlooked in the literature. In this paper, we propose that consumers' perceptions of authenticity of the replica (vs. genuine) touristic experiences mediate their responses to these experiences. We define three theoretically driven factors that influence the authenticity perceptions of consumers—experience characteristics (restricted experience vs. not restricted experience; within close vs. distant geographical proximity to the genuine) and a consumer characteristic (salient goal: collecting experiences vs. having fun/pleasure), which influence consumers' responses to replica and genuine touristic experiences. We found support for the proposed theory using two field studies from Egypt's Luxor Tutankhamun tomb and three experimental studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102927
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Replica experience
  • Genuine experience
  • Authenticity
  • Restrictions
  • Collecting experiences

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