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Present whilst absent: Home and the business tourist gaze.

Willis, C., Ladkin, A., Jain, J. and Clayton, W., 2017. Present whilst absent: Home and the business tourist gaze. Annals of Tourism Research, 63 (March), 48-59.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2016.10.008


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
Uncontrolled Keywords:Business travel; Tourist gaze; Mobilities; Digital technology
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:24871
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Oct 2016 14:54
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:59


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