Conclusion of 12th Session of Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in Uzbekistan

Conclusion of 12th Session of Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers in Uzbekistan

The 12th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (12th ICTM), held in Khiva, the Republic of Uzbekistan, concluded its sessions today, announcing that three cities won the Tourism City Award of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The 12th ICTM approved the selection of Dakar, Republic of Senegal, as the OIC City of Tourism for 2025, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, for 2026, and Lahore, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for 2027.

Furthermore, the conference commended the elaborate plans by the relevant OIC institutions for the commemoration of Khiva as the OIC City of Tourism for 2024 and urged OIC member states to actively participate in the various activities in awardee cities for 2025, 2026, and 2027.

The conference endorsed the State of Qatar as the host country for the 13th Session of ICTM in 2026 and urged member states and OIC institutions to actively participate in that session.

The 12th ICTM also urged all OIC member states and relevant institutions to implement the Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Islamic Tourism and to organize annual events on Islamic tourism to promote intra-OIC tourist flows through visa facilitation, investment promotion, branding and standardization, and capacity building.

The conference invited the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) to work closely with the OIC and relevant international organizations, including but not limited to the UN Tourism, on the revised Strategy for the Development of Sustainable Cultural Tourism in the Islamic World.

In addition, the Khiva conference called upon the OIC member states to invest in 'digitalization' for promoting and marketing their respective destinations as well as improving international visitors’ experiences in the tourism sector to speed up the recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic and host more international tourists.

The participants in the 12th ICTM welcomed and expressed their gratitude to the Republic of Uzbekistan for holding the conference in the historical city of Khiva, under the theme: Development of the Tourism Industry in a Sustainable and Resilient Way.

They also congratulated the Republic of Uzbekistan for Samarkand being selected as the Cultural Capital of the Islamic World for 2025.