Impacts of romance and sex tourism on the larger tourism sector in Tunisia

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Impacts of romance and sex tourism on

the larger tourism sector in Tunisia


Perceptions and interpretations of tourism stakeholders

Student: Noura Harrath

Stud. Nr 900904 307 030
Wageningen University

Department of Environmental Sciences

Cultural Geography Chair Group

GEO-80436 MSc Thesis Cultural Geography

Supervisor: Lauren Wagner
Submitted in August 2014

Examiners: Lauren Wagner and Karin Peters



SUMMARY

"In Tunisia, there is not much space for cross-cultural understanding. Combined with the gap
of values that are between the local people and the tourists coming from very different so-
cial backgrounds, the contact between hosts and guests is sometimes conflictive, and in
many cases not even existing. Within the scope of host-guest relations, this study zooms in
the sexual and romantic encounters that take place between locals and tourists and sheds
light on the impacts of these encounters on the Tunisian tourism industry at large. Findings
have shown different impacts of sex and romance tourism on Tunisia's reputation and the
tourist experience. However, looking further than sex and romance tourism, there are other
impacts on the general tourism industry that cannot be ignored. This study has found the
connections between different kind of impacts, whereas conflictive host-guest relations are
taking a large space. At the same time, sex and romance tourism has been argued by tour-
ism stakeholders to take a place within the bigger scope of host-guest relations as these
stakeholders do not perceive sex and romance tourism as an isolated field of practices but
rather as part of a range of host-guest tensions and relations that are not desired to be pre-
sent and provide alternatives."

Be warned, there is a lot to read :coffee:
 

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Impacts of romance and sex tourism on

the larger tourism sector in Tunisia


Perceptions and interpretations of tourism stakeholders

Student: Noura Harrath

Stud. Nr 900904 307 030
Wageningen University

Department of Environmental Sciences

Cultural Geography Chair Group

GEO-80436 MSc Thesis Cultural Geography

Supervisor: Lauren Wagner
Submitted in August 2014

Examiners: Lauren Wagner and Karin Peters



SUMMARY

"In Tunisia, there is not much space for cross-cultural understanding. Combined with the gap
of values that are between the local people and the tourists coming from very different so-
cial backgrounds, the contact between hosts and guests is sometimes conflictive, and in
many cases not even existing. Within the scope of host-guest relations, this study zooms in
the sexual and romantic encounters that take place between locals and tourists and sheds
light on the impacts of these encounters on the Tunisian tourism industry at large. Findings
have shown different impacts of sex and romance tourism on Tunisia's reputation and the
tourist experience. However, looking further than sex and romance tourism, there are other
impacts on the general tourism industry that cannot be ignored. This study has found the
connections between different kind of impacts, whereas conflictive host-guest relations are
taking a large space. At the same time, sex and romance tourism has been argued by tour-
ism stakeholders to take a place within the bigger scope of host-guest relations as these
stakeholders do not perceive sex and romance tourism as an isolated field of practices but
rather as part of a range of host-guest tensions and relations that are not desired to be pre-
sent and provide alternatives."

Be warned, there is a lot to read :coffee:
Interesting. I’ll read the whole doc later. I was curious about the hosts, guests and sheds! Then realised it was the way the paragrah was split. I couldn’t remember any sheds fhere. :)
 

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Up to page 9 of 57....will read the rest after sleep.
What an interesting read!
Page 36:
This broad definition of sex and romance tourism goes contrary to idea sketched in many media sources, where with regards to Tunisia,
mostly relations are being described under which tourists have suffered financially or emotionally and other types of relations are not given attention (France2, 2010; Vakantie- info.org.,2013; Stevens, N., & Tardio, N., 2011, Beznessalert.com, Bezness-land.com,
Tunisianloverats.com

She might have payed attention to the fact, that our forum "Tunisian Love Rats" is about tunisian love rats ;)
 
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This broad definition of sex and romance tourism goes contrary to idea sketched in many media sources, where with regards to Tunisia,
mostly relations are being described under which tourists have suffered financially or emotionally and other types of relations are not given attention (France2, 2010; Vakantie- info.org.,2013; Stevens, N., & Tardio, N., 2011, Beznessalert.com, Bezness-land.com,
Tunisianloverats.com,
Yeah!!!! Or as @Mango Chutney would say Woop Woop!!!!
 

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Up to page seventeen! Still enjoying the read.
I love the reference to European women being 'Liberated'....I suspect this is a polite way of saying loose/cheap :rolleyes:
Glad to see acceptance of the fact the reputation of this country, as being full of scammers and male prostitutes, will have a negative effect on tourism!
 

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Emin the hotel manager! Omg, what a judgemental tosser :Evil:
Tourists that choose a beach holiday are solely there for sun and sex? WTF? Most of us go to get a freakin tan, relax and have a swim...he thinks all tourists choosing the beach are whores looking for sex! Bastard!
Going for a smoke before reading more....angry Mango is rearing her ugly head!
Tis the excuses and attitudes of idiots like him that will ensure Bezness is never beaten.....and Tunisia WILL have the same reputation as the dangerous Gambia the author is comparing it to, it will become a country to be avoided because of its male prostitute culture :Evil:
 

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Isn't it called "judge by yourself" ? He just voices his own primitive addictions.

What an interesting reading.
I'm loving the read, but his attitude sucks!
To be honest, his words pretty much describe how they almost all feel about us foreigners, you only have to read comments by many Tunisian members here on TLR to know we are judged as cheap, desperate women looking for sex with young boys....it makes me angry!
If I ever became a sex tourist (never gonna happen), Tunisia is the last country I'd choose....they all sound like selfish, underperforming prostitutes....I'd ensure I went somewhere with value for money!
You have to laugh at the fact that they genuinely believe we can't get plenty of sex in our own countries :D

I do wish these thick idiots would learn to differentiate between a sex tourist and an honest holiday maker.
I wasn't looking for a man, I was respectful of their culture, just like most of us are....yet we are all construed as whores :Evil:

The biggest irony of the way they speak of us, is that they try (badly) to dress like us, they wear contact lenses to have eyes like ours, many women lighten their skin and bleach their hair blonde to look like us, many men and women are sexually active outside of marriage like us, they want their country to be as prosperous as ours....yet they judge us people that they mimic as less than them....the hypocrisy takes my breath away!
 

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To be honest, his words pretty much describe how they almost all feel about us foreigners,
Yes. My rat said: "tourist bitches".. But in fact it's him is bitch.
they try (badly) to dress like us, they wear contact lenses to have eyes like ours, many women lighten their skin and bleach their hair blonde to look like us
But... what a pity, they still look like a cheap whores.
 

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When choosing a profession within travel life, one must accept other cultures and live sets. They know very well that we Europeans like to have a drink. Relax . Should you accept each other then you have to meet halfway
 

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I'm loving the read, but his attitude sucks!
To be honest, his words pretty much describe how they almost all feel about us foreigners, you only have to read comments by many Tunisian members here on TLR to know we are judged as cheap, desperate women looking for sex with young boys....it makes me angry!
If I ever became a sex tourist (never gonna happen), Tunisia is the last country I'd choose....they all sound like selfish, underperforming prostitutes....I'd ensure I went somewhere with value for money!
You have to laugh at the fact that they genuinely believe we can't get plenty of sex in our own countries :D

I do wish these thick idiots would learn to differentiate between a sex tourist and an honest holiday maker.
I wasn't looking for a man, I was respectful of their culture, just like most of us are....yet we are all construed as whores :Evil:

The biggest irony of the way they speak of us, is that they try (badly) to dress like us, they wear contact lenses to have eyes like ours, many women lighten their skin and bleach their hair blonde to look like us, many men and women are sexually active outside of marriage like us, they want their country to be as prosperous as ours....yet they judge us people that they mimic as less than them....the hypocrisy takes my breath away!
 

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Wow hello everyone, I had no clue that my master thesis ended up here. Its great to know that some of you liked to read my study. As being partly dutch and party tunisian it was an interesting quest for findingd out the discourse from both tourists as well as locals working in tourism. Feel welcome to contact me on this email adress concerning this topic or related topics [email protected]. Currently im working a tour guide internationally, it is always interesting to see cross cultural relation happening
 

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I agree Amira, however what i have understood is there is a huge gap in professionality in tourism..an entertainer or manager perceive different long and short term interests and expectations by tourists. Its good to know that the topic of romance and sex relations is always full of tension where trust is needed to be built. Also noteworthy is that among tunisians, among locals sometimes the same tendencies or tensions or geven frustraties happen... Think of french- tunisian or locals that have different ideas on intimacy
 

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This broad definition of sex and romance tourism goes contrary to idea sketched in many media sources, where with regards to Tunisia,
mostly relations are being described under which tourists have suffered financially or emotionally and other types of relations are not given attention (France2, 2010; Vakantie- info.org.,2013; Stevens, N., & Tardio, N., 2011, Beznessalert.com, Bezness-land.com,
Tunisianloverats.com

She might have payed attention to the fact, that our forum "Tunisian Love Rats" is about tunisian love rats ;)
Obviously this website has been part of giving shape to this research. Mostly it was by firsthand observations that i have gained interest in the topic. Just like you :)
 

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It's hard to know what to do because other people are good at judging. I mean that everyone has a choice and if you are in a relationship that goes beyond the kids because their father does not show enough responsibility, I support divorce 100% also if there is violence exploitation in a relationship, it is better to use reason than the heart. Do not get into a relationship that breaks you down. It seems to me that Tunisia takes precedence by judging women who choose to go them own ways
 

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Impacts of romance and sex tourism on

the larger tourism sector in Tunisia


Perceptions and interpretations of tourism stakeholders

Student: Noura Harrath

Stud. Nr 900904 307 030
Wageningen University

Department of Environmental Sciences

Cultural Geography Chair Group

GEO-80436 MSc Thesis Cultural Geography

Supervisor: Lauren Wagner
Submitted in August 2014

Examiners: Lauren Wagner and Karin Peters



SUMMARY

"In Tunisia, there is not much space for cross-cultural understanding. Combined with the gap
of values that are between the local people and the tourists coming from very different so-
cial backgrounds, the contact between hosts and guests is sometimes conflictive, and in
many cases not even existing. Within the scope of host-guest relations, this study zooms in
the sexual and romantic encounters that take place between locals and tourists and sheds
light on the impacts of these encounters on the Tunisian tourism industry at large. Findings
have shown different impacts of sex and romance tourism on Tunisia's reputation and the
tourist experience. However, looking further than sex and romance tourism, there are other
impacts on the general tourism industry that cannot be ignored. This study has found the
connections between different kind of impacts, whereas conflictive host-guest relations are
taking a large space. At the same time, sex and romance tourism has been argued by tour-
ism stakeholders to take a place within the bigger scope of host-guest relations as these
stakeholders do not perceive sex and romance tourism as an isolated field of practices but
rather as part of a range of host-guest tensions and relations that are not desired to be pre-
sent and provide alternatives."


Be warned, there is a lot to read :coffee:
I would say the sex trade in Tunisia specific as it is , has become as institutionalised in people’s minds as any ordinary economic activity . As we have all noticed even the family members gladly join in.
 

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I would say the sex trade in Tunisia specific as it is , has become as institutionalised in people’s minds as any ordinary economic activity . As we have all noticed even the family members gladly join in.
Or one could conclude that Tunisia at the whole got more criminal helga.gif
 

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Hoteliers Tunisiens - الوتلاجيّة التوانسة
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التحرش داخل النزل من اكثر الاشياء الي تقع في النزل و هي تصدر من من النزلاء في بعضهم و الموظفين بالنزلاء و احيانا النزلاء بالموظفين ! طبعا هي ظاهرة سلبية جدا و صعب انو نلقاولها حل خاصة كتبدا بين الحرفاء ..اش قوّلكم ؟

Harassment inside the inn is one of the most important things in the motel, and it comes from inmates in each other, staff members, and sometimes inmates. Of course it is a very negative phenomenon, and it is hard to get it a special solution, the books of da between clients..

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يعني البوسطة والبنك و المستشفى مافيهم تحرش البلاد كلها متحرشة فينا .
المهم هذي مواضيع لا تهمنا قدر تحسين هذا القطاع الذي تعيش منه نسبة كبيرة من التوانسة وإعطاء حقوق العمال وتشغيل اهل الخبرة .
وتحسين المدارس التي تدرس في هذا المجال باش تخرح ناس تفهم انها تخدم موش تتحرش .
I mean the was, the bank and the hospital don't have the harassment of the whole country as a
What is important is that we are not interested in improving this sector from which a large proportion of the population is living, giving worker s' rights and engaging in
The improvement of schools taught in this area has been shown by people who understand that they are serving indicator.
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هذي ظاهرة الله غالب عنا منها برشا ولات في تونس و خاصة في النزل و الاسواق و النزلاء و السياح يتشكاو منها ، لازم نبدلو هالعقلية ، انا نعنل في المجال كنت في تونس و من عشرة سنين وليت البرة في الخارج منراوش هذا بتاتا ، الله يهديهم خاطر بالحق كيف نحكيو مع ال...See More
This is the phenomenon of God, most of us are agility and not in Tunisia, especially in the inn and the markets and the guests and the tourists complaining about it, we have to take care of it, we work in the field, I was in Tunisia and ten years A, may God guide them to the right, how are you going with the people on tourism in Tunisia about us and no theory is disappointed and they are happy with services and transactions, and sure this is some kind of harassment, from dog to what is neglected sometimes, but Coping with the situation and the relented of services to me within our profession and respect, and especially our system is the country's destination.
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الحل كل واحد يتلها بروحو.
The solution every one is little.
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Or the owners of the motel.
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There's no problem.
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What do you care, you don't complain and you like to get a solution to what doesn't exist
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Interesting read and shows the different perspective. Some appear to be commenting that it’s a shameful thing and acknowledge it happens but wish that tourism would benefit the economy more directly by improving schools, hospitals etc. Other comments seem to reflect tourists as fair game or deny its a problem. Bezness has always been around there, but prior to the internet explosion was largely I imagine down to the ‘lucky few’ who bagged a tourist. Spent years getting them to return and if they were lucky got the coveted prize. The internet changed all that. They could bag women by befriending and eventually persuading them to visit. The hard sell executed on line without ever having to meet. Many visited for the first time and married the stranger they met. That led to an epidemic, like pyramid selling. They didn’t need to swoon and work hard to bag a visiting tourist. They could be swooning and grooming multiple women on line at the same time. Then go with the first one to take the bait and visit (but keep the others as back up). Like pyramid selling it worked and so was easy to recruit others. A simple and effective main or part time job to supplement income.
 

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Tunisia says that they are addicted to tourists and that they want to take care of the tourists but where is the safety when you have to take care of them all the time. The hotels will not warn the women against the tourist boys because if they do, they lose money. It all is based on greed and cynicism. Say they like our cultures but if we had understood their language then many women had a surprise I think. Believe that it is best that the tourists distance themselves from the natives because of exploitation, and this applies not only to Tunisia
 

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Some of the tourist boys know when the tourists come from, for example, Russia and what days they land. Is surprised that some of them speak fluent Russian, Italian, German
 
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