In response to the discussions around gender travels this paper is to explore the problems and treatment women face on party holidays. A discussion was formed on several topics and a questionnaire was done to receive thoughts and opinions on those affected by this topic.
Party holidays, Alcotourism, Women, Harassment, Unacceptable Behavior, Unacceptable Treatment
This study has been developed to look at the treatment women face on party holidays. Each year reports come to light on the unacceptable treatment women are facing on party holidays. These stories that women are more than ever still receiving harassment, abuse and in a way that is unacceptable.
Party holidays have been a product on offer for years and enjoyed by both males and females of all ages. There is a vast number of party holidays on offer but this study focuses on the 18-30 category. With a rapid growth of party holidays and destinations on offer now, this has brought problems for the individuals visiting also for the destinations. A new form of tourism has been created called Alcotourism, this type of tourism works alongside drinking and party holidays. Alcotourism comes when people travel to drink, drink while on holiday and also drinking while travelling (Bell, 2008). The behaviour that stems from intoxication and drug use on party holidays brings many problems. International holiday resorts targeted at youth, feature many high risks for violence due to the mass of bars and nightclubs on offer also due to high levels and use of substance (Hughes, et al., 2008). The growth of these holidays have rose through the growth of lost cost airlines and binge drinking (Bell, 2008).
This conference paperâ€™s main exploration is to understand and discuss the treatment women face on party holidays. Research shows that one in ten British women have been sexually harassed or assaulted on holiday. As a destination changes and grows what stays the same is the treatment women face. There is such a vast amount of unacceptable behaviour that women are facing on party holidays. This paper took on a research project in the form of a questionnaire. This was created and completed due to the lack of research on offer, so independent research was conducted to gain a further understanding on womenâ€™s thoughts and feelings on this topic. The questionnaire was posted online to gain a wide range of responses. This paper has given women a chance to speak out about their experiences on this topic and share their stories.
Ethics were highly taken into consideration due to the sensitivity of this topic. Permission for this study was approved by the University of Lincoln and participants were briefed before conduction the questionnaire.
The research conducted gave several different discussions to explore. Firstly an understanding on the participants was discovered, the main age of this research falls into the ages of 18-30 which correlates alongside the study of 18-30 holidays. A vast amount of destinations get visited throughout the year, these are destinations that advertise themselves as party destinations.
The next section of research explores whether the women in this study have ever felt at risk on party holidays. 18 out of the 32 participants interviewed shared that they have felt at risk on party holidays. Participants were asked to share experiences where they felt at risk. Several shared experiences that they were encouraged to get black out intoxicated, that they know of people of getting spiked. Developments in this research has shown that holiday reps are encouraged to get younger guests mainly girls at an inappropriate level of intoxication (Kelly, et al., 2014). All participants shared that theyâ€™ve been approached inappropriately by bar staff and men.
Participants were asked to share if theyâ€™d experienced different types on unacceptable behaviour. Several stories were gathered including where a participant had her breasts groped, another where because a male brought her a drink believed she was his property. Reports have shown that there is countless rapes and sexual assaults on party holidays mainly always fueled by alcohol (Nicholas, 2008).
27 respondants shared stories on how men are treated differently to them, stories shared that gown men believe it is ok to be inappropriate towards young girls. The participants explained different stories such as that girls ae seen as sexual conquests whereas men can enjoy their holidyas without being objectified. Mainly through fault of club 18-30 reps who encourage women to get intoxicated and take part in sex games for the pleasure of men.
Each participant shared that when an unacceptable act happens against them is mainly brushed off as they were drunk or they just expect it to happen to them, this is not acceptable and needs to be changed.
Overall the research from this conference paper has discovered worrying problems with the treatment women face on party holidays, experiences women are facing are happening more and more and nothing is being done. Recommendations can be that regulations need to be put in place to protect women from this unacceptable behaviour they facing from men. Regulations need to be put in place with reps, bar staff and holiday workers abroad to change how they behave to protect the safety of women.
Bell, D. (2008). Destination drinking: Toward a research agenda on Alco tourism. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 15(3), pp.291-304.
Hughes, K., Bellis, M., Calafat, A., Juan, M., Schnitzer, S. and Anderson, Z. (2008). Predictors of violence in young tourists: a comparative study of British, German and Spanish holidaymakers. The European Journal of Public Health, 18(6), pp.569-574.
Kelly, D., Hughes, K. and Bellis, M. (2014). Work Hard, Party Harder: Drug Use and Sexual Behaviour in Young British Casual Workers in Ibiza, Spain. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(10), pp.10051-10061.