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Title:Gay tourism in South Africa: issues from the Cape Town experience
Author:Visser, GustavISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:13
Issue:1
Pages:85-94
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:tourism
homosexuality
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-002-0004-3
Abstract:Writing from the context of Cape Town, an unfamiliar setting regarding gay tourism research, this article investigates the gay tourism market in this city. The popularity of South Africa as a gay tourist destination has been influenced by its new constitution. In line with business practices elsewhere, niche-based tourism products have been identified as a way in which to stimulate further tourism growth. The growing numbers of gay tourists have had a significant impact upon the development of gay oriented places of consumption. Specialized organizations have emerged, as well as gay leisure spaces and tourist infrastructure such as guest houses, clubs, pubs and restaurants. Specific events are organized. However, despite the tourism authorities agreeing that the growth of the South African tourism industry is located in the promotion of niche markets, the government has left gay tourism out of its new tourism plan. This reluctance may have some political underpinnings. Also, religious communities have shown their disapproval of homosexuality. The paper concludes by considering some themes for future empirical investigation concerning the consumption of gay leisure and tourist activity in Cape Town and its role in a postapartheid urban context. Bibliogr.
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