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Present whilst absent: Home and the business tourist gaze

Willis, Cheryl; Ladkin, Adele; Jain, Juliet; Clayton, William


Cheryl Willis

Adele Ladkin


© 2016 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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 16, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2016
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier Masson
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Pages 48-59
Keywords business travel, work-life balance, ICTs, family connections, human resources management, mobility, tourist gaze, mobilities, digital technology
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