Visitor Harassment: Barbados Survey Results, 1991-1994

Abstract

This study presents visitor satisfaction survey results of nearly 7,800 tourists to Barbados between 1991-1994. Most (59%) reported experiencing harassment, primarily at the beach and secondarily in the streets and sometimes while shopping. Males were more likely to be harassed by drug peddlers, females by vendors. Younger tourists and first-time visitors reported more harassment than older tourists and repeat visitors. The types of harassment reported included: persistence of vendors without uniforms (80%), drug peddling (27%), verbal abuse (14%), sexual harassment (8%), and physical abuse (2%). The paper also briefly summarizes results from informal interviews with vendors, taxi drivers etc. conducted during 1994-1995 as well as qualitative observations of host-guest interaction. Key words: tourism, visitor harassment, Caribbean, islands.