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Sex Tourism

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Alice Lin

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Alice and Crystal
BSc 2 Critically assess
the growth and impact of
sex tourism on
two selected destinations Is Sex + Tourism
always equal to sex tourism? Aim and Objectives
Popular destinations
Motivators of sex tourism
Positive impacts
Negative impacts
Case study analysis
Future Trends
References Table of content To analyze the positive and negative impacts on sex tourism. Aim and Objectives Aim: Critically assess the growth and impact of sex tourism on two selected destinations. Objectives: To investigate the nature and motivators of sex tourism. To understand the growth of sex tourism from the case studies. Trips organized from within the tourism sector, or from outside this sector but using its structures and networks, with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship by the tourist with residents at the destination. Definitions (UNWTO, 2013) (sex tourism, 2009, DeLamater, 1989) "Sexual Services" Popular Destinations
For Men Prostitution Pleasure Strip Clubs Sex tourism involves travel across national or international borders in order to take part in a non-reproductive sexual encounter. The sexual encounter may be with an adult or minor, man, women, transsexual or transvestite. It must involve an exchange of money or material goods for a sexual act. Definitions (Ward, 2010, Opperman, 1998) "Grey Term"
Not a Synonym of Prostitution Amsterdam (BBC, 2010) Bangkok (BBC, 2010) Pattaya (BBC, 2010) Brazil (BBC, 2010) (sex tourism, 2009; DeLameter, 1989; Bauer and McKercher, 2003 ) "Spiritual Fulfillment" Popular Destinations
For Women Romance Love Lust (World Travel Guide, 2013) Caribbean Italy (World Travel Guide, 2013) Greece (World Travel Guide, 2013) (BBC, 2007) Statistics (BusinessInsider, 2012) Statistics To categorize Push and Pull factors Workshop Physical needs
Physical problems
Unmet sexual needs
Psychological needs
Modernity Push factors (Tepanon, 2006) Changes in society
Changes in gender roles
Schedulization and Routinization
State control Byproduct Pull factors Physical Gains Tangible Attributes Psychological Gains Sense of belonging
Freedom and excitement
Power Reestablishment Create more ‘jobs’ Positive impacts Brings prosperity and economic wealth to people and the country Increase tourist arrivals Gains popularity (Tepanon, 2006) Health risks
Negative country image
Child sexual exploitation
Gender inequality
Segregation between tourists and locals
Environmental disturbances Negative impacts 70% of male tourists in Thailand are sex tourists
( around 4,560,000 male tourists) Thailand Case study Government - way to earn foreign exchange and thus boost their economy. No 1 - source of export revenues by the end of 1980s Promote tourism merely – flourishing sex industry “Mr. Macho” Who are the sex tourists? "Mr. Professional” “Mr. Average“ Advertisements
Negative comments Leakage Fulfillment
Money Supply
Job Opportunities Tax
Indirectly support Stakeholders towards sex tourism Intermediaries Government Media Tourists Locals Sex Tourism Outsiders Promotions
Money History development
Booming Thai economy positively
Cultural and financial reasons
High level of poverty
High income to support family and living
$5 million in 1967 to $20 million in 1970.
Around 60% Thailand’s national income comes from sex tourism Growth Create High income
Damaged image of Thailand
Affected Thai economy positively,
“Thai Economic Miracle”
Child prostitutes issues
High international migration rate
Violation of life, liberty and security Impacts The majority of people have heard about Amsterdam’s Red Light District well before their visit. Leave nothing to the imagination, most stereotypes about this area are true. Amstersdam (iamsterdam, 2013) Sex capital of the world
Existed for several centuries
Netherlands – top destination for victims of human trafficking and rising
Red Light District – part of Amsterdam’s brand equity and values
Image – associated with liberal attitude towards soft drugs and prostitution
Red Light District – legal prostitution Case study Amsterdam Sex industry - brings 5 % of Netherland’s GDP

Number of prostitutes is around 25,000 – 30,000

Mostly comes from Central and Eastern Europe Statistics (TSVC, 2012) Estimated to take 10 years
Investment – 800 million euros
Highly slash the Red Light District and coffee shops in Amsterdam
Only permit prostitution in two areas 1012 Project (Iamexpat, 2012, Chinadaily, 2012 ,Iamsterdam, 2012) Long term goal – decrease criminal structure, attracting new investors and tourists The Microenvironment The Company
Prostitutes, people inside the brothels, marketers
Existing Competitors
Germany, Belgium, Catalonia (close to the French border)
Prostitutes from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia
Marketing Intermediaries
Red Light District tours and packages, Amsterdam.info
Tourists, people that spend money within Red Light District
Create different types and services of packages to people which have interest (Justmeans, 2010; RedLightDistrictTours, 2013) The Microenvironment (Kotler et al. 2010) The macroenvironment Competitive forces
Demographic forces
Age - between 21 and 30 years old (29%)
Other age (12% - 16%) , (5% -18%) in 2007
Economic forces
Visitor expenditure is even more higher nowadays
Especially American, British and Chinese
Natural forces
Renowned for its “red light district” culture. Long history founded
Technological forces
Various social medias for example, youtube, twitter, and facebook
Political forces
Government’s awareness arisen and “Project 1012” begins
Cultural forces
Prostitute legalization, society basic values and behaviors. (Iamsterdam, 2012) The Macroenvironment More than 100 brothels – closed – 2008, reduced by 40 %

Number of brothels decreased, but, travel keep increasing

Try to transform into housing or studio functions

Demands – international and domestic, leisure and business, sex tourism not main purpose, subset only

Marketing strategies, business forms and wider economic structures Growth Boost the economy by attracting tourists

Collecting taxes from brothels

Lack of control – dirty based

Criminal element fester

Trash culture Impacts (Iamexpat, 2012, Yeoman, 2008) Discussion Time To discuss with your groupmates by
fitting in as the government of Amsterdam to decide
what policy or plan that you will succeed to solve the problems of Red Light District. Countries just focus on sex trade may begin to disappear

Tourists will be more careful with choosing different destinations regarding health issues due to social media

Android prostitutes in 2050 Future Trends (Yeoman and Mars, 2011, Page and Connell, 2005 ) Old and controversial issue
No clear definition
Increasingly complex with the growth of female and gay sex tourism and the phenomenon of child sex abuse tourism
Create much impacts (health, crime, society)
Sex tourism – seems to continue and may even grow in foreseeable future Conclusions Strict policies, plans and laws
Access to education
Occupational training
Promote more morality and environmental sustainability
Government be aware of fighting against the brothels Recommendations References Amsterdam.info. (2013). Red Light District Amsterdam. Available from: http://www.amsterdam.info/ [Accessed on 31/03/13].

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