Gay Tourism: New Perspectives

Edited by: Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta

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This book examines the emerging and shifting issues in the field of gay tourism, how these relate to significant societal and technological changes and the implications of these changes for theory, policy and practice. It addresses the political and sociocultural discourses evident within gay tourism consumption and explores the conceptualisations of gay tourism within the contexts of tourist profiles and identities. While gay travel research has been dominated by Western perspectives and traditions, this book incorporates voices from non-Western perspectives and cultures. The volume investigates the value of gay tourism that facilitates our engagement with tourism experiences, leisure opportunities and pleasure. It will be a useful resource for students, lecturers and researchers in tourism, human geography, cultural studies and sociology.

A highly perceptive exploration of the complex and contested intersections of travel and tourism with sexualities and genders by both established and emerging scholars. This important book draws on a wide range of theoretical frameworks to critically explore and understand the complexities of contemporary LGBT travel and tourism to produce a truly international and insightful collection.

Nigel Morgan, University of Surrey, UK

This book is an excellent, exciting and unique new contribution to tourism scholarship. It provides new perspectives and insights into a fast-changing global society drawing on various fine-grained analyses. Besides new themes of investigation, the book brings to the fore perspectives from beyond the Western world of LGBTQ+ travel and tourism experiences.

Gustav Visser, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta is a Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is a Board Member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Research and the Social Media Editor of Annals of Leisure Research. As well as gay tourism, his research interests include social issues and social justice in tourism, hospitality and events.

Foreword: Kevin Markwell

Chapter 1. Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta: Gay Tourism: New Perspectives

Part 1: Gay Tourism: Political and Sociocultural Discourses

Chapter 2. Can-Seng Ooi: Gay Tourism: A Celebration and Appropriation of Queer Difference

Chapter 3. Carlos Monterrubio: The Significance of Gay Tourism Spaces for Local Gay Men: Empirical Evidence from Mexico

Chapter 4. Wenjie Cai and Carol Southall: Managing Sexuality for Gay and Lesbian Parents in Heterosexual Family Holiday Spaces: Setting an Agenda for Research

Part 2: Gay Tourism: Profiles and Identities

Chapter 5. Christiaan Hattingh: Understanding African LGBT Traveller Motivations: A Non-Westernised Perspective

Chapter 6. Xiongbin Gao: (Re)Discovering Chinese Lesbian and Gay Travel

Chapter 7. Güliz Coşkun: The Search for Gay Space, Relationship Dynamics and Travel Decisions among Same-Sex Couples in a Secular Muslim Country

Part 3: Gay Tourism: Pleasure and Leisure

Chapter 8. Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta: LGBTQI+ Resort Workers: Blurring the Lines of Work and Leisure

Chapter 9. Bình Nghiêm-Phú and Jillian Rae Suter: Sensual and Sexual Experiences Come First: An Analysis of Gay Patrons' Comments on Gay Saunas, Spas and Cruising Clubs in the Asia Pacific Region

Chapter 10. Stephan Dahl and Ana Margarida Barreto: Away from the Mainstream: Motivations of Travellers Seeking Alternative Forms of LGBT Travel

Part 4: Gay Tourism: Spatial Discourses

Chapter 11. Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta and Louise Grimmer: Marketing and Communicating Gay-Friendly Hospitality Spaces: The Case of Rainbow Tasmania Tourism Accreditation

Chapter 12. Helena Andrade, Zelia Breda and Gorete Dinis: Is Porto a Gay-Friendly Travel Destination? A Tourism Supply Analysis

Chapter 13. Heather L. Jeffrey and Martin Sposato: Buenos Aires: Authentically Straight Friendly

Chapter 14. Clifford Lewis and Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta: Out of the Closet and into the Streets: Reflections on the Considerations in Hosting Rural Pride Events

Afterword: Rodrigo Lucena de Mello


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