The mobilities of hospitality work: an exploration of issues and debates

Tara Duncan, David Scott, Thomas Baum

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Abstract

In this paper we highlight the contribution which an understanding of mobilities brings to an analysis of hospitality work. The complex mobilities of hospitality employees are playing an increasing role within global tourism and hospitality sectors. Our discussion explores notions of voluntary mobility as motivated by work and lifestyle factors. We challenge the commonplace conceptualisation of tourism and hospitality employment which has been predicated upon the nature of the work itself rather than on the diverse experience backgrounds; social and geographical origins; and motivating attributes of those who work in the sector. In taking this approach, we question conventional management discourses of hospitality labour processes and illustrate the value of adopting a mobilities framework within tourism and hospitality studies.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume41
Early online date16 Jan 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • hospitality work
  • issues
  • debates
  • global tourism
  • hospitality sectors
  • mobilities
  • voluntary mobility
  • exploration

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