Dhaka declared OIC City of Tourism for 2019
Date: 20 May 2019

Dhaka was chosen as the ‘City of Tourism’ for 2019 during the 10th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) held on 5-7 February 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Conference, attended by high-level representatives and ministers of tourism of the OIC Member States, also adopted the Dhaka Declaration to preserve and promote Islamic culture and heritage of Bangladesh.

In line with the implementation of the Declaration, OIC will host various programmes for the commemoration of Dhaka as OIC City of Tourism 2019, including renovation projects and allocation of airtime in the OIC Member States to showcase the city of Dhaka.

Within this framework, SESRIC will organise an International Seminar on “Development of Muslim Friendly Tourism in the Dhaka City”and the “OIC City of Tourism Award 2019 for Dhaka” on 15 October 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh to acknowledge the contribution that tour operators have made in promoting and developing Islamic tourism in the city of Dhaka.

All tour operators registered in Bangladesh can submit their application for the Award by filling out the survey available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oiccityoftourismdhaka

Gabala in Azerbaijan was declared OIC City of Tourism for 2020. Previously, Al-Quds (Palestine), Konya (Turkey), Madina (Saudi Arabia), and Tabriz (Iran) were named OIC City of Tourism in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Please access the official website of the OIC City of Tourism 2019 for more information: https://dhakaoictourismcity.com/


  • Places of Tourist Interest within the Dhaka City (English)
  • Dhaka Declaration Adopted by the Tenth Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (English)
  • Report of the Sixth Coordination Committee Meeting on Tourism (English)
  • Souvenir of Dhaka, the OIC City of Tourism (English)

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