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Sustainable Destination Management

Strategies in the OIC Member Countries



Policy Recommendations

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


Policy Framework

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