Motivation, Authenticity & Displacement in the Film-induced Tourism Experience

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This Chapter introduces what tthe authors refer to as ‘displacement theory’ within the larger phenomenon of film-induced tourism, exploring the inherent implications, opportunities and challenges for economic development that this implies for film tourism destination managers. In other words, films are not always shot in the place they are portraying on screen; it is not unusual for a film to be made in a completely different country from that it portrays. This form of displacement creates issues of authenticity and implications as to where the tourist influenced by such a film will choose to visit and the experiences they have. The authors explore the motivations and experiences of film tourists at different locations and, as a consequence, propose a model that can form the basis for recommendations as to how industry can maximise future potential from film-induced tourism, especially when displacement occurs, in order to enhance the tourist experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Contemporary Tourist Experience: Concepts & Consequences
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-68742-2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 7 May 2012

Bibliographical note

Reference text: Bolan, P., Boyd, S. & Bell, J. (2012) Motivation, Authenticity & Displacement in the Film-induced Tourism Experience, in The Contemporary Tourist Experience: Concepts & Consequences, edited by Sharpley, R., Oxford, Routledge.


  • film tourism
  • motivation
  • authenticity
  • displacement
  • experience


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