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Trends: Tourism with intent

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  • Procreation Vacations provide an atmosphere conducive to conception
  • Debauchery tourism encourages people to "work hard and play hard"
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By Brigid Delaney
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- It's not enough to take a vacation any more -- it has to be a vacation with intent, according to the latest trend forecasts from the travel industry.


Bathing in wine: now that's hedonism!

Tour companies are now catering to stressed-out couples who want to make babies while on holiday.

Dubbed Procreation Vacations, they are designed to create a relaxing, romantic environment. Packages include such old chestnuts as romantic dinners, massage sessions and aphrodisiacs such as oysters. Porn, it seems, is not included.

Derek Jones, sales director of Thomson Holiday's told the UK's Daily Mail last week that there is a market for Procreation Vacations. "Very often existing parents might want to try for another baby, but having kids already makes it impossible to get precious time alone," he said.

If you want to party, not procreate, on your holidays -- don't worry, there are packages that cater for you.

Dubbed "debauchery tourism" -- or debaucherism -- aglobal travel trends report released last week identified it as a major industry trend.

Inspired by paparazzi pictures of celebrities popping up in various global hotspots appearing disheveled and inebriated, the masses have taken their cues.

Forget a quiet week on the beach or healthy eco-tourism, debauchery tourism is about partying hard and indulging in your vice of choice, whether it is drugs alcohol, sex or gambling -- but without the hassle of going to work the next day.

According to an article in The Guardian, "Hard drinking, gambling and strip clubs are all on the bill as 25 to 34-year-olds embrace the adult version of the American 'spring break' (where college students take to the beaches to party for a week) with a 'work hard, play harder' ethic."

Hot-spots for debauchery tourism include Las Vegas, Buenos Aires and Cape Town.

Market intelligence firm Euromonitor International, which produced the report, said the trend would not be confined to younger travelers. "Even as travelers age, they will continue to embrace travel as an opportunity to revisit their hedonistic youth and to spend lavishly, enjoying their leisure time to the full," global travel and tourism research manager Clement Wong said.

Cruise ships with all-night bars, resorts that cater for stag and hen nights and a swimming pool area where tourists can sleep off the hangovers the next day will be winners in this type of tourism, according to the trend forecasters.

But what goes up must come down. With the rise in debauchery tourism, day spas for detoxes will surely follow. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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