Present while absent: Home and the business tourist gaze.

Willis, C., Ladkin, A., Jain, J. and Clayton, W., 2017. Present while absent: Home and the business tourist gaze. Annals of Tourism Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper reflects on business travel as a contemporary form of mobility and how it relates to family life. Through qualitative research with business travellers, insights are gained into the role digital technology plays in enabling connections to home and family. The paper argues that technology affords a ‘business tourist gaze’, characterised by a focus on ‘home’ rather than ‘away’ as might be the case for leisure tourists. The paper discusses how, through the business tourist gaze, the boundaries between the everyday and the exotic are dissolved and the business traveller is disconnected from the destination, simultaneously absent whilst present both at the destination and at home. Theoretical understandings of the business tourist experience are offered.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1873-7722
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:24871
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:19 Oct 2016 14:54
Last Modified:19 Oct 2016 14:55

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