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Sustainable Destination Management

Strategies in the OIC Member Countries


connecting various natural attractions in the corridor member countries, such as Akagera

National Park in eastern Rwanda and Lake Nakuru in Kenya. The corridor has no historical

origin; it was designed in 2013 as part of a larger cooperation project between the three

member countries in several areas. The corridor is transnational as the three member

countries, Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda, are in Africa. The corridor was developed formally by

the government of the three countries.


The Abraham Path is based on the journey of the Prophet Abraham, with his legacy of loyalty

and hospitality, and his family across the Middle East. It is classified as a newly designed

cultural TC as it was devised by a group from Harvard Law School in 2006. Later, the NGO

Abraham Path Initiative, which is based in the U.S., collected information on Middle Eastern

traditions, tales, and legends that can be linked with the Abrahamic heritage and used it for the

thematic development of the route. With NGO and academic institutions spearheading its

development and management, the Abraham Path is considered an informal corridor.


Currently, the Abraham Path consists of 430 km of walking trails across four countries on three

different continents and is expected eventually to cover 5000 km in 10 countries. The

Palestinian part of the trail covers around 182 km in the West Bank.


Turkey’s Abraham path

trail, which was launched in 2012, covers 170 km. In Jordan, the trail, which was launched in

2017, covers 650 km trekking route that crosses the country in almost six weeks. In Egypt,

Bedouin tribes and NGOs, in cooperation with the Palestinian NGO Masar Ibrahim as well as

the Jordan Trail Association, have developed a 250 km trail in Sinai. The Abraham Path

initiative is working on developing a trail in Saudi Arabia with specialists.



Planning and Establishment of OIC Tourism Corridors

As outlined in the previous chapter, planning and establishing MDTCs is a challenging task that

requires taking into consideration a number of elements, including the formulation of the

corridor theme, assessment of the tourism assets to be included in the corridor, and the

infrastructure connecting the various corridor nodes. Furthermore, the viability of the corridor

has to be assessed in terms of being supported by local tourism stakeholders along the corridor

countries as well as being appealing to tourists.

Figure 19: Tourism Corridor Planning and Establishment Best Practices


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