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Sustainable Destination Management

Strategies in the OIC Member Countries


resources to be included in the corridors. In the case of the Holy Family TC, the Coptic Church

in Egypt played an important role in identifying the sites to be included in the corridor.

Table 23: Theme Formulation - Best Practices versus OIC Examples




The HANSA Culinary Route creates a culinary theme with elements such

as visits to local producers and markets, special menus in restaurants,

and culinary festivals.


The Prehistoric Rock Art Trails uses the criteria for the evaluation of

the quality of rock art sites to be included in the route.



ICOMOS analysis of sites along the Silk Roads in terms of uniqueness and

distribution. Identifying major nodes or large cities along the Silk Road

and route segments between those nodes.


The Jordanian NGO Cultural Technologies for Heritage and

Conservation researches the historical value of the sites to be included

in the Umayyad corridor and assesses their condition.


The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Coptic

Church, researched the Holy Family sites to decide on the sites to be

included in the TC.


Best Practices versus OIC Tourism Corridor Governance and Management

Governance Structure

In terms of governance structure, the GMS TC offers a great example of best practices, with

bodies representing the various stakeholders and having well-defined functions. With GMS

tourism, ministers appoint NTO officials to represent GMS countries in the GMS Tourism

Working Group, which meets to set GMS tourism strategies and initiatives, approve resources

for their implementation, and monitor implementation. The GMS Tourism Working Group

cooperates with development partners and private advisory groups, and also acts as an

advisory body to the Mekong Tourism Coordination Office. The Mekong Tourism Coordination

Office promotes cooperation among GMS governments and assists in coordinating and

implementing programs. The GMS Tourism Working Group Task Force sets priorities for

national implementation for GMS TC countries. Programs and initiatives are implemented by

the various national agencies of the GMS TC countries.

Figure 43: Greater Mekong Subregion TC Governance Structure