Based on the resolutions adopted by the Sixth and Seventh Islamic Summits as well as the resolutions adopted by 34th COMCEC Ministerial Meeting, the COMCEC Coordination Office (CCO) initiated a new capacity development program for Al-Quds Al-Sharif. Specifically designed to improve socio-economic circumstances of people living in Al-Quds, the Program is a product of one and a half years long endeavor of CCO, the Ministry of National Economy of Palestine and Development and Investment Bank of Turkey.

First phase of the program, which composes of several interrelated projects, will focus on the needs of tourism sector and destination management in the city. Within this context, two projects, namely “Analyzing the Tourism Infrastructure and Developing a Tourism Destination Road Map for Al-Quds” and “Supporting Institutional Capacity of Tourism Cluster Organizations”, are planned to be completed in 2020.

The first project, which is already underway, targets analyzing the tourism infrastructure and developing a tourism destination road map for Al-Quds. The main objectives of the study is to identify characteristics of the city as a destination, explore environmental factors, analyze the tourism value chain, identify stakeholders and their relationships and assess the needs for tourism sector.

The second project, on the other hand, will aim at improving necessary skills of the personnel working in the tourism cluster organizations in Al-Quds and institutionalization of those organizations. In the end, trainees are expected to gain major competencies and learn the occupational standards that are needed in a well-functioning destination management organization.

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