Project on ‘Improving Islamic Tourism Ecosystem in OIC Member Countries: Destination and Industry Development’
Date : 09-12 July 2018 Venue : Malatya Turkey

SESRIC will organise a training on Muslim Friendly Tourism (MFT), under the theme “Improving Islamic Tourism Ecosystem in OIC Member Countries: Destination and Industry Development” on 09-12 July 2018 in Malatya, Turkey.

The training is a part of a project funded by The Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC), under the COMCEC Project Funding (CPF) scheme, which aims at strengthening the capacities of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture of the OIC Countries and foster further development of the Muslim Friendly Tourism through capacity development training, exchange of experience and know-how, as well as by identifying a roadmap for Islamic Tourism Destination. The city of Malatya, located in east-central Turkey, has been selected as a case study due to its historic and cultural potential going back to the Ottoman and Seljuk Empires that ensures a unique opportunity for the participants to study the city as a case of MFT destination and industry development.

The project includes a two-day training course and two-day study visits in the area. The main objective of the training course is to give participants an exceptional opportunity to learn how to develop a sound Islamic tourism destination and industry in their countries. The training will be provided by experts from the Islamic Tourism Centre of Malaysia.

Moreover, two more days will be dedicated for a study visit to give participants the chance to acquire practical experience in developing a competitive tourism destination based on the Turkish experience. During the study visit, participants will explore the opportunity of being an Islamic Tourism Destination and will make a SWOT analysis for the city of Malatya in order to guide policymakers to be better informed about the potentials and challenges of the city on this important tourism field. Moreover, industry development priorities are expected to be identified at the end of the study visit.

This project is a continuation of “Development and Promotion of Muslim Friendly Tourism (MFT)” Project that was implemented by SESRIC in 2017, within the COMCEC Project Funding (CPF) scheme.

COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO) in Turkey introduced in 2013 the COMCEC Project Funding (CPF), a financing mechanism that funds projects submitted by the Member Countries and relevant OIC Institutions to realize the strategic objectives and outcomes of the COMCEC Strategy.

The funding is provided in a form of grant by the Turkish government through the Development Bank of Turkey, which is one of the main bodies in the COMCEC Project Funding scheme.

Serveral SESRIC projects have been financed by this funding scheme since 2014.