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International Tourism in the OIC Countries: Prospects and Challenges 2017
Date : 12 February 2018

SESRIC launched its Report titled “International Tourism in the OIC Countries: Prospects and Challenges 2017” during the Tenth Session of Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM), which was held on 5-7 February 2018, in Dhaka, the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

The Report examines the performance and economic role of international tourism sector in the OIC member countries in the latest five-year period for which the data are available. The Report analyses the two traditionally used indicators in measuring international tourism, i.e. international tourist arrivals and international tourism receipts. Moreover, the Report provides a detailed analysis on the state of the intra-OIC tourism.

Islamic Tourism has a great potential for sustainable growth and significant contribution to the development of the overall tourism sector in the OIC member countries. In this regard, the Report dedicates a special section to highlight the “Islamic Tourism”, as a new direction in the tourism sector in the OIC member countries.

The Report further investigates the topic of promoting regional integration through tourism, which is also the theme of the Tenth Session of Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM). The Report identifies the six potential areas of cooperation that can help promote regional integration among the OIC member countries. These are areas of cooperation are as follows:

  •  visa facilitation among the OIC countries;
  • designing and promoting regional tourism activities;
  • improving regional transport networks;
  • holding tourism fairs, festivals and exhibitions;
  • devising joint tourism policies at the regional level; and
  • ensuring currency convertibility.

Overall, the report sheds light on the challenges of tourism development in the OIC member countries and the issue of tourism cooperation among them and proposes some recommendations to serve as policy guidelines.

Online Electronic Version

  •  International Tourism in the OIC Countries: Prospects and Challenges 2017

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