When you think of tourism and hospitality, you probably think of vacations, good times, and having fun, so it can be easy to forget that the tourism industry is seriously big business! In 2022, over 15 million visitors to the state spent $8.64 million dollars on Maine restaurants, accommodations, shopping, transportation, activities, attractions, and recreation. All of those comings and goings require a lot of coordination, and that's where logistics comes in.

Logistics refers to the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient and effective movement and storage of goods, services, and information from the point of origin to the point of consumption or use. It involves managing the flow of materials, products, and information throughout the entire supply chain, which includes sourcing, procurement, production, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, distribution, and delivery.

The primary goal of logistics in business is to ensure that the right products or services are available at the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, while minimizing costs and maximizing customer satisfaction. In the tourism industry, logistics-related jobs focus on managing the movement and coordination of tourists, goods, and services to ensure smooth and enjoyable travel experiences. In a retail context, logistics plays a crucial role in ensuring that products are efficiently and effectively delivered from manufacturers or suppliers to the retail stores and ultimately to the end customers. Here are some key logistics-related jobs in the tourism, hospitality, and retail industries:


Operations and Transportation Managers

Travelling requires a lot of planning--hotel reservations, plane tickets, travel routes, daily itineraries, and much more. Operations, travel, and transportation professionals make sure that everyone is where they need to be on time and in the right place.

  1. Tour Operations Managers oversee the planning, development, and execution of tour packages and itineraries. They coordinate with various suppliers, such as hotels, transportation providers, and attractions, to ensure all logistics are in place for a seamless tour experience.
  2. Travel Coordinators are responsible for arranging transportation, accommodation, and other logistics for individual travelers or groups. They work closely with airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and other service providers to ensure everything is arranged according to the traveler's needs.
  3. Event Planners are in charge of organizing and managing various tourism-related events and activities, such as conferences, festivals, and exhibitions. They handle logistics like venue selection, transportation, catering, and coordinating with event vendors.
  4. Cruise Operations Managers handle the logistics of cruise ship operations, including passenger embarkation and disembarkation, shore excursions, onboard services, and supply chain management for the cruise ship's needs.
  5. Airport Operations Managers oversee the logistics of airport services, including passenger handling, baggage handling, aircraft scheduling, and coordinating with various airport stakeholders to ensure a smooth travel experience for passengers.
  6. Transportation Coordinators work specifically with transportation providers like buses, coaches, and rental car companies to organize and manage the logistics of moving tourists between various destinations.
  7. Venue Operations Managers work with stadiums or arenas to plan and coordinate the logistics of game-day operations, including access control, crowd management, and facilities preparation.
  8. Sports Team Operations Managers are responsible for coordinating all logistical aspects of the team, including travel arrangements, accommodation, and scheduling. They ensure that all team members and staff have the necessary resources and support during away games and events.


Supply Chain and Inventory

Trying new flavors and tastes, checking out local stores and buying products that are only available in a particular destination, and picking up souvenirs for friends and family at home are all experiences visitors are looking for when they travel, and that makes retail an integral part of the tourism experience. Getting products to their destinations on Maine store shelves is the purview of supply chain and inventory professionals.

  1. Supply Chain Managers oversee the movement of goods or services from suppliers to customers, manage inventory, optimize logistics, and ensure efficient supply chain operations.
  2. Inventory Managers maintain the inventory levels of products and supplies in a hotel, restaurant, or resort. They track stock levels, forecast demand, reorder products, and implement inventory control measures to minimize waste and optimize inventory turnover.
  3. Logistics Coordinators arrange the transportation and distribution of goods and materials for a retail business. This role ensures that products are delivered on time and in optimal condition to meet guest demands.
  4. Warehouse Managers oversee the storage and organization of goods in warehouses. They manage inventory accuracy, coordinate incoming and outgoing shipments, and ensure efficient warehouse operations.
  5. Buyers select and purchase merchandise to be sold in a retail store or other establishment, analyzing market trends, negotiating with suppliers, and managing inventory levels to ensure a diverse and profitable product assortment that meets customer demands.