Ping Pong in Phuket: The Intersections of Tourism, Porn and the Future

Stella Mars, Ian Yeoman, Una McMahon-Beattie

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Abstract

PurposeSex tourism is well documented in the literature, but what about porn tourism? Whether it is a Ping Pong show in Phuket or the Banana show in Amsterdam, porn and tourism have an encounter and gaze no different from the Mona Lisa in the Louvre or magnificent views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.MethodologyThis paper explores the intersections of tourism, porn and the future as a conceptual framework.FindingsFour intersections are derived from the conceptual framework. Intersection one, the Future of Tourism, portrays the evolution of tourism and explores its technological future. Interaction two, Porn in Tourism, distinguishes between soft and hard core porn tourism. Intersection three, Portraying Porn as a Future Dimension, delves into futurism, science fiction and fantasy. The fourth intersection, the Future Gaze, conveys the thrust of the paper by exploring how technological advancement blends with authenticity and reality. Thus the porn tourist seeks both the visual and the visceral pleasures of desire. The paper concludes with four future gazes of porn tourism, The Allure of Porn, The Porn Bubble, Porn as Liminal Experience and Hardcore.OriginalityThe originality of this paper is that this is the first paper to systematically examine porn tourism beyond sex tourism overlaying with a futures dimension. Porn tourists actively seek to experience both visual and visceral pleasures. Tourism and pornography both begin with the gaze. The gaze is an integral component of futures thinking. Technology is changing us, making us smarter, driving our thirst for liminal experiences. Like the transition from silent movies to talking pictures the porn tourism experience of the future is likely to involve more of our bodily senses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
JournalJournal of Tourism Futures
Volume3
Issue number1
Early online date2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2017

Keywords

  • Porn
  • tourism
  • future
  • technology
  • fantasy
  • science fiction
  • sex

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