Interdependence of Logistics and Tourism: Crafting a Novel Logistics Concept in Tourism

  • Damsi Dharmaratne Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, CINEC Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
  • Sampath Siriwardena Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, CINEC Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
  • Lalih Edirisinghe Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, CINEC Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
  • D. A. C. Suranga Silva Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Keywords: tourism, shipping, logistics, supply chain


A literal gap has been identified between the concepts of tourism and logistics. Tourism Industry is a dependent industry on Transport, logistics and global supply chain. While all transport modes play an almost equal role of moving the tourists from place to place, logistics plays an indispensable role regarding supply of goods required to fulfil the hospitality needs of tourists. As far as cruise tourism is concerned the entire business model is designed through logistics. Therefore, for the tourism sector to run smoothly the efficient logistics service is required. However, the dependency of the logistics services in an active tourism industry is not explicit other than cruise tourism. This paper reveals a novel concept namely, Tourism Logistics that illustrates the interdependence of Logistics and Tourism. Desk research has been conducted to identify the interdependency of two phenomena while taking the contribution of logistics in the overall supply chain is taken to the limelight. The interdependency of transportation, procurement, delivery and warehousing have been shown via analysis of peer reviewed journal articles regarding interdependency of tourism and logistics. A conceptual model has been introduced to identify the interdependency of tourism and logistics functions, delivery, transportation, warehousing and procurement.

Author Biography

Lalih Edirisinghe, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, CINEC Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka

Professor Edirisinghe commenced his career in 1981 as a Cadet in Merchant Navy. He counts 40 years work experience in the corporate sector including Ceylon shipping Corporation and Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, National Water Supplies and Drainage Board, and in the private sector, Associated Newspapers of Sri Lanka (Lake House), and three leading shipping lines namely, UASC, MOL and SCI. He is an Expert Consultant appointed by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He is the author of first ever textbooks on Logistics and Shipping  written in Sinhala introducing many theoretical models and developed new theories and concepts in transport.

 Professor Edirisinghe has published nearly hundred research papers in local and international journals, conferences, and industry publications. He won four vital awards namely, Best Research in Ports & Shipping 2016 by Sri Lanka Society for Transport & Logistics (SLSTL); National Merit award for Scientific Research in 2018, by the National Research Council, Sri Lanka; Best Research paper 2019 in Japan by World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Best Research Paper 2021 by Garden City University, India.


He holds a PhD, in Transportation planning and Logistics Management from the Dalian Maritime University, China affiliated to World Maritime University, Sweden. He is a Chartered Logistician and Chartered Marketer and a certified Competent Leader (CL) and Competent Communicator (CC) of  the Toastmaster International. Professor Edirisinghe is a past Vice President and office bearer of the Sri Lanka Society of Transport and Logistics, University of Moratuwa, past secretary of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka chapter. He served as the project Chair of the first ever National Logistics Awards 2018 organized by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka and currently serves as the Chairman of the Panel of Judges in the National Logistics Awards 2022 organised by the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association.

 Prof. a past student and a Prefect Teacher of Ananda College, Colombo and at present, he is the Dean of Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and the Head of Higher Education Society Linkage Cell (A World Bank project)  of CINEC Campus. CINEC and Professor Lalith Edirisinghe were instrumental in establishing Logistics as a part of school curriculum in Sri Lanka and declaring a National Day in Sri Lanka for Logistics in consultation with the Ministry of Transport. His current research under the World Bank AHEAD project is “Development of  a  Mechanism  that  Leads  to  a  Psychological  Paradigm  Shift  in  Student’s Demand  and  Enrolment  for  Various  Academic  Disciplines  in  the  Tertiary  Education  in  Sri Lanka”


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