The 13th Meeting of the COMCEC Tourism Working Group was held on February 13th, 2019 in Ankara, Turkey, with the theme of “Sustainable Destination Management Strategies in the OIC Member Countries”.

The meeting included a presentation by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Director Mediterranean Region, on the GSTC’s Role and Mission for Sustainable Destinations.

The Meeting was attended by the representatives of 13 Member States (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Gambia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Tunisia, and Turkey). Representatives of COMCEC Coordination Office, UNWTO and GSTC have also attended the Meeting.

The Representatives of the Member States have shared their experiences, achievements, and challenges regarding sustainable destination management in their respective countries. The Meeting has considered the Studies “Sustainable Destination Management Strategies in the OIC Member Countries” commissioned by the COMCEC Coordination Office and the “COMCEC Tourism Outlook 2019” prepared by the COMCEC Coordination Office.

COMCEC meetings are parts of the process for Policy Creation for the Ministers of the Islamic Countries International Organization.