Understanding sexual behaviour between tourists and locals

Bauer, Irmgard (2008) Understanding sexual behaviour between tourists and locals. Peripheria, 4 (11). pp. 8-11.

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[Extract] Casual sexual encounters between fellow travellers, and travellers and local partners are abundant. Of those reporting sex while travelling, up to three quarters did so with local partners. A number of popular tourism destinations around the world advertise the increased availability of sexual opportunities, mixing the 'exotic' with the 'erotic'. Some destinations acquire a reputation among travellers through word-of-mouth recommendations. One such destination is the city of Cuzco in the Peruvian Andes.

In May/June 2006, unstructured interviews in English, Spanish and German were conducted in Cuzco with 13 tourists and 10 locals, 19-50+ years old. Local men and women linked to tourism shared their views and experiences from the residents' point of view. It should be noted here that this paper does not cover the phenomenon of bricheros/bricheras, young locals hooking up with tourists for material gain, nor were they sought as interviewees. The interviewees were recruited through convenience and snowball sampling. Conversations generally took between 30 min and 2 h depending on the participants' availability and amount of information. Free and informed consent was obtained from all participants.

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Title in Spanish: Comprendiendo el comportamiento sexual entre turistas y ciudadanos locales

Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2012 23:51
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 50%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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