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Sex Tourism in Thailand As we enter a new millenium the post-colonial nations in the world are still searching for ways to compete in an increasingly globalized consumption driven economic environment Many developing countries have speculated that Tourism is an effective catalyst for development as well as increased international understanding Thailand who has embraced tourism as the key to its modernization strategy has been hailed by many as a paradigm for success Over the past twenty years Thailand has enjoyed one of the fastest economic growth rates of any developing country This rapid progress has allowed Thailand to emerge as an economic leader in the Third world The 4 billion a year in tourism revenue is the core support of the Thai economy Bishop p VI Thai officials have attributed the success of the tourism industry to the many attractions located in various parts of the country as well as the uniqueness of the Thai people --- their friendliness and hospitality Bishop p 67 However the Thai government has failed to recognize the contributions of sex tourism which is estimated to generate about 15 billion every year according to Professor Krikiat Phiapatserithan of Thammasat University World congress regional profiles p 3 Thailands failure to recognize the sex tourism is reflective of the discourse used by the worldwide tourism industry to analyze the industrys success From the standpoint of the tourism industry the success of tourism is directly related only to economic factors anything else is seen as unnecessary It is in the best interest of tourism corporations and the countries that are dependent on tourism to discourage the circulation of information regarding any of the potential negative effects related to tourism The censorship of information by these entities has caused much of the general public to be ignorant of the adverse consequences of the mass tourist industry in Thailand The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the
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