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Sustainable Destination Management

Strategies in the OIC Member Countries


Table 4: Theme Formulation - Best Practices versus OIC Examples




The HANSA Culinary Route creating 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 use criteria for the evaluation of the quality of

rock art sites to be included in the route.



The 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

researching the historical value of the sites to be included in the Umayyad

corridor and assessing 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


Best Practices versus OIC Governance and Management of MDTCs

Governance Structure

: In terms of governance structure, the GMS TC offers an excellent

example of best practices, with bodies representing the various stakeholders and having

distinct functions. 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 monitors implementation. The GMS Tourism

Working Group cooperates with development partners and private advisory groups as well as

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 3: Greater Mekong Subregion TC Governance Structure