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Sustainable Destination Management

Strategies in the OIC Member Countries


points that are not necessarily linked physically or consequentially but connected by a common

theme. Network corridors do not have start or end points, such as the European Cemeteries

Route and the Phoenicians’ Route. In many instances, network corridors may not be connected

by a specific sequence, and their cohesion relies mainly on their shared theme rather than

territorial linkages.


From a historical perspective, MDTCs can be classified as either of historical origin or based on

current narratives. MDTCs with historical origins have well-founded and factual historical

roots, such as the Camino de Santiago, while those based on current narratives build on a

historical association strengthened by current narratives, such as the European route of

thermal heritage and thermal towns.


Based on their territorial coverage, cultural routes can

be transnational only or intercontinental as well.


MDTCs can also be classified as formal or

informal. Informal corridors are formed by tourists, and in some instances, tourism agencies

create itineraries that connect attractions of interest, while formal corridors are generally

developed or supported by local authorities in territories along the corridor.


Multi-Destination Tourism Corridors Best Practices

In this report, best practices from select global MDTCs are explored in planning and

establishment, governance and management, and marketing of MDTCs. The following

framework illustrates the various areas covered under each category. In the planning and

establishment stage, best practices form global corridors and show extensive research with the

aid of experts in analyzing potential demand for the corridor, assessing the infrastructure in

terms of transport networks along the various nodes of the MDTC and formulating corridor

theme, as well as ensuring benefits for local stakeholders in the planning and establishment of

the corridor.


Figure 2: Tourism Corridor Best Practices Framework

Source: DinarStandard Analysis


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