Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Sex Tourism

Sex tourism

Sex tourism is travel with the sole or partial intention of pursuing sexual intercourse with ‘others’, usually from different social, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Sex, in its pursuit of escape from the humdrum existence of everyday life, and adoption of a new and exciting identity, is potentially the main motivation behind the leisure industry, from music through to tourism, and in all the forms of the visual arts. Sex sells, particularly in the West and the North, and possibly because we still live in a society where the male perspective is given priority over the female viewpoint, thus emphasising the physical aspect of the love act over the emotional content. It may also be claimed that, because women are adopting male attitudes towards ...

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