‘Gay’ tourists and host community attitudes
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 12, Issue 6, pages 774–786, November/December 2010
How to Cite
Hughes, H., Monterrubio, J. C. and Miller, A. (2010), ‘Gay’ tourists and host community attitudes. Int. J. Tourism Res., 12: 774–786. doi: 10.1002/jtr.792
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 28 APR 2010
- Manuscript Received: 9 OCT 2009
- gay tourists;
- resident attitudes;
Despite the growing interest in tourism by gay men, there is little evidence (other than journalistic) of host communities' views towards such tourists. This paper describes a study of such views in a small Mexican beach destination popular with gay tourists. The village is also popular with heterosexual visitors and is known for nude bathing and drug consumption. Interviews were undertaken with a number of residents and revealed disapproval of the gay tourists. This was attributed by residents to overt sexual behaviour, and although there was no evident homophobia, it is postulated that this underlay the attitudes. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.