4th Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group
Date: 04 September 2014
Venue: Ankara - Türkiye

The Fourth Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group was held on 04 September 2014 in Ankara, Turkey with the theme “Enhancing the Capacity of Tourism Workforce in the OIC Member Countries for Improved Tourism Service Quality”. The meeting was attended by the representatives of 14 OIC Member Countries including Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Niger, Oman, Palestine, Senegal, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Representatives from the COMCEC Coordination Office, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Tourism Development Partners and private sector representatives also attended the Meeting. The Centre was represented thereat by Mr. Abdulhamit Öztürk, Researcher and Mr. Davron Ishnazarov, Research Assistant.

At the working group meeting, COMCEC presented their new study titled "COMCEC Tourism Outlook". In the following session titled “Enhancing the Capacity of Tourism Workforce: Global Trends, Approaches and Success Factors”, Prof. Dr. Thomas Baum, Tourism Development Partners, informed the audience on importance of human capital resources, and government policies and programmes for tourism workforce development in the member countries. During the meeting, success stories of member states have been shared through the country presentations. In the session titled “The Way Forward: Policy Options for Enhancing the Capacity of Tourism Workforce” delegates found the opportunity to discuss and share their views on in the field of Tourism Workforce Development Strategies in their respective countries. The representative of WTTC, Ms. Rochelle Turner, Head of Research, briefed the delegates on private sector perspective for human resources capacity development. The participants of the Meeting have been informed about the OIC Tourism Capacity Building Programme and SESRIC Project on “Improving Statistical Capacities of Tourism Sector in Mediterranean and Gulf Regions”.

The Fifth Meeting of the Tourism Working Group will take place on 5 February 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

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