Taking responsibility for border security: commercial interests in the face of e-Borders

Dibb, Sally; Ball, Kirstie; Canhoto, Ana; Daniel, Elizabeth M.; Meadows, Maureen and Spiller, Keith (2014). Taking responsibility for border security: commercial interests in the face of e-Borders. Tourism Management, 42(1) pp. 50–61.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2013.10.006


Security is an important feature of the macro environment for tourism that affects the consumption of travel products. Following high-profile terrorist attacks, UK border security measures have been increased through the implementation of the e-Borders programme. This initiative requires passenger carriers to collect and electronically transmit travel document information and service information for any individual entering or leaving the UK. The commercial impact of e-Borders on travel firms is investigated by examining the relationships between the affected stakeholders, considering the power and decision making at play, and exploring the outcomes. The e-Borders programme is described, and a framework for the in-depth, qualitative study is presented. The findings show that passenger carriers and travel firms manage the negative consequences of compliance and restore their commercial interests by engaging in a process we describe as recognizing, rationalizing and refashioning. The implications for research and practice are explored.

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