Sustainable Destination Management
Strategies in the OIC Member Countries
This chapter presents a policy framework for the OIC countries to establish and manage
tourism corridors. The first section gives an overview of the countries and the assessment
required to establish policies and an overview of policy areas necessary for tourism corridors.
The second section provides corridor-specific recommendations based on the tourism
resources available to a destination in addition to its stage in the destination life cycle and with
consideration as to where the countries are located in the Tourism Readiness Index in relation
to each other.
Figure 45: Map of OIC Countries
Source: OIC website
The Organization of Islamic Countries has members from various regions with different
cultural, political, social, and historical backgrounds. The OIC member countries greatly vary in
terms of income, tourism readiness, visa openness, and the importance of tourism to their
economies. These factors will naturally have an impact on how the countries collaborate on
tourism corridors and the policies required for multi-lateral tourism projects.
To set the baseline for a policy framework, one has to look to the tourism corridor itself and
where it is currently positioned in its lifecycle, as well as how formal it is. Also, country-specific
factors must be taken into consideration, such as described below, from infrastructure and
human resource capabilities to existing tourist sites, as well as local stakeholders. These factors
are coupled with external factors, including political considerations and the mindset of