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Romance tours, are tours that men take in search of a relationship, girlfriend or even a marriage. In some such tours, the men and potential brides interact in brief parties arranged by the hosting company.
As the romance tours industry has grown, there have been an increasingly higher number of success stories, such as that of Ukrainian mail order bride Lera Loeb. Romance tours are the most effective next step for men to take after contacting a prospective bride from another country. A large number of highly successful romance tours take place every year throughout the world. Romance tours first began in Russia and CIS, but have recently moved into other parts of the world such as South America. Tours also take place in many parts of Asia.
Once couples have met on a romance tour, an agency arranges "one on one" dates between the man and the women he found most compatible. The ultimate goal of the tour is for the man to find a compatible wife.
Romance tours are just one part of the mail order bride business, which may also include catalogs, CD-ROMs and the Internet. The traditional romance tour, seen by some as superficial, is being somewhat replaced by the internet as technology evolves. However, the two are closely linked as a man eventually has to meet his prospective wife using a well organized method of meeting and dating.
Romance tours should not be confused with sex tourism, because the ultimate goal of a sex tourist is usually not marriage.
- Female sex tourism
- Mail Order Brides
- Love Translated - a 2010 documentary film in which a group of men travel to Ukraine on a romance tour.
- Craig Harris (2005-10-15). "Marriage Brokers Scrutinized". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
- Lera Loeb - Mail Order Bride http://www.glamour.com/sex-love-life/2009/06/yes-this-woman-is-a-mail-order-bride
- Origination of Russian romance tours: http://www.anastasia-web-tours.com/Home/Tours/tabid/69/Default.aspx
- Romance Outsourcing: Tales of a Mail Order Bride Tour http://blog.sfgate.com/hleon/2012/01/25/romance-outsourcing-tales-of-a-mail-order-bride-tour/
- Alessandra Stanley (1997-02-14). "Video Valentines to Russia, Seeking Patient Brides". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-19.