Supplier selection - A brick to attain sustainable tourism
: A case study on what influences a Sri Lankan hotel chain’s local supplier selection

  • Josefin Friberg
  • Elin Wästerlid

Student thesis: Bachelor


In recent years, there has been an increased attention to the implementation of sustainability practices to attain sustainable tourism in accordance with United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). One step towards sustainable tourism is through selecting local suppliers. The purpose of this case study was to investigate what influences a Sri Lankan hotel chain’s local supplier selection in the light of sustainable tourism. Previous research served as a base for designing a conceptual model, which aimed to describe and clarify the connection between local supplier selection influences and sustainable tourism. Three methods were used; semi-structured interviews with the hotel chain’s employees, participant observations and documentary analysis. The analysis resulted in nine local supplier selection influences which can be related to the themes a) price; price optimization, price variation, financial resources, b) product; quality, market demand, regulations, c) people; relationship, education, ethical consideration. The nine influences contribute to enhance sustainable tourism in accordance with UN’s SDGs number 12A. Therefore, the study contributes to a deeper insight and a broader perspective regarding what influences local supplier selection in the light of sustainable tourism. Furthermore, the results are of practical relevance since it provides hotel chains with knowledge of what aspects, regarding local supplier selection, that are of importance in order to attain sustainable tourism.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAxel Welinder (Supervisor), Indira Kjellstrand (Assessor) & Heléne Tjärnemo (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

Courses and Subjects

  • International business and marketing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Business Administration (50202)


  • Sustainability
  • sustainable development goals
  • sustainable tourism
  • sustainable supply chain management
  • local supplier selection
  • local supplier
  • supplier selection influences

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