The sun shone in all its glory despite the slight chill and the wind blowing over the island of New Providence, this was the perfect day – Friday 17th March, 2017 – for the third year Tourism Management students to participate in their first research study. Paired off and ready to go, the group made their way to Junkanoo Beach which was filled with an abundance of tourists to administer questionnaires.
Approaching different characters and personalities was part of the fun in this research assignment as the views of others really mattered. The day went well as many were quite intrigued by the topic “Prevalence and Perceptions of Sex Tourism in New Providence”. Those who never heard of the term before were asking, “Sex tourism is a thing?”
Others were more reserved, one commented, “these questions seem scary”. There were others that felt too shy saying “I’m too conservative to talk about this out loud” and others were not willing to attempt the questionnaire because they were not sure of the topic even after we explained the purpose of the study. When asked their thoughts on the survey many did say that they enjoyed answering the questions.
Being in the field for research was quite an experience, something I would enjoy partaking in once more. Each student had a unique experience while conducting the surveys; some were super comfortable while others were a bit shy. For me, it was an unforgettable experience with an amazing lecturer and an amazing group of students – overall, a great day with lots work and our very own mini-spring break beach day.
NOTE: Stay tuned for the research findings in an upcoming blog.
by Sherika Delaney, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017
Photos/videos compliments of Shanice Jordan, Patria Moise and Elizabeth Mackay © 2017