I have perpetually lived in Hotel rooms now for over 13 years, and visited 89 country. After awhile you get to know who your neighbors are in other rooms. Only 1 percent of Hotel rooms on planet earth are occupied by foreign tourists. I am sure of this, if I am in a Hotel with NO other foreign tourists in it, I should be paying what the locals pay, not what a tourists pays.
In Latin America, most young people live at home with Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Brother in Law etc. so hotels and 'motels' in some areas are used for making love, also there are many Latin American hotels geared to national and international Latin american business people, I prefer to stay in these as they provide often hot water, cable tv for less than $20 in some areas, the lodging places that cater to foreign travelers can be found in usually popular travel destinations in L.A. Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Copan ruins, Utila and Roatan, Granada, much of Costa rica, el boquete in Panama, etc. In DR and the Caribbean where one cannot bus around the Caribbean are more upscale resorts for foreigners such as in Puerto Plata, the twain really do not mix, recently in Antigua, Guatemala, with a few exceptions, I witnessed a dual society, the Guidebooks and Travel Handbooks list the the 'gringo trail' lodging places'
The difference between travel and tourism is simple. A tourist experiences disconnected sights and sounds and enjoys them without drawing meaning. A traveler roams the earth, digests what he sees and hears, and collects them in a framework of understanding, which he both brings to his travels and deepens with travels. The former is a pleasant interlude in your life. The latter is about life itself.