An Affilate Member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the AMFORHT - World Association for Hospitality and tourism Education and Training was represented at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China by George Qiao, Country delegate for China, Catherine Germier-Hamel, Country Delegate for South Korea, and Queency Zhao, Country delegate for China, as well as Ed Kastli, MBA, CMHS, CGSP.
AMFORHT has just been recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization with special consultative status with the United Nations, through a confirmation letter by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Congratulations to President Philippe FRANCOIS, Hélène VERDET Michel Mouisel, Francesco Frangialli, and all board members! This new status will be officially introduced during the 21st AMFORHT World Forum and the Annual Congress of the Association Hôtellerie Québec (AHQ), which will take place on Nov. 26th to 29th, 2017 in Montréal, Québec.
Information and registration here: https://lnkd.in/dfYaNfw
On Sept. 14, 2017, all members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) joined hands to acclaim Zurab Pololikashvili, current Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra, as their Secretary General for the period 2018-2021, during the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China.
Congratulations and good luck to you Mr. Secretary General!
Zurab Pololikashvili was elected by consensus at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly being held in Chengdu, China, following the recommendation of the 105th UNWTO Executive Council.
It is interesting to notice that new UNWTO SG has almost the same age as French President Macron, and has a similar banking and ministerial background.
Read UNWTO press release here.
On Sept. 12, 2017, Millennium Destinations was invited to attend a lunch hosted by UNWTO ST-EP Foundation during the 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China.
Celebrating over 120 projects implemented around the world since the launching of the Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty - STEP in 2002.
Amb. DHO Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGS Advocate, delivered very touching remarks to the audience.
By the end of 2017, the ST-EP Foundation should be dissolved and a new adventure will begin through the establishment of the International ST-EP Organization hosted in Seoul, South Korea.
Promising contribution from the private sector is expected as Samsung has committed its support.
The Second Taian Business Trip for Foreign Experts took place in Taian, Shangdong Province, China, on September 6 to 9, 2017.
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, was invited to join this trip as Sustainable Tourism Expert and held promising meetings with local companies willing to develop cooperation projects focused on eco-tourism, hospitality, and products.
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL gave a presentation on the South Korean Outbound Tourism Market for a special event hosted by the Austria National Tourist Office in Tokyo on Sept. 5, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Demand for long haul destinations is strong in South Korea, with interesting opportunities in the field of theme-based tourism, including hiking / trekking tourism with cross-cultural experiences.
In July 2017, Millennium Destinations entered into a partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Development, Environment and Tourism - InSET in Albania, an independent, non-governmental, non-profit scientific organization of professionals in the field of tourism, marketing, finance, environment, entrepreneurship, etc.
InSET focus is on supporting the whole society and relevant stakeholders through:
Partners will find through us a focus on networking at different levels, local, national, regional and international level as well as opportunities for interaction and coordination of efforts of all relevant actors.
On July 6, 2017, the Board of Governors of AMFORHT - World Association for Hospitality and tourism Education and Training had its meeting in Bordeaux, France.
The meeting took place at Vatel Bordeaux International Business School for Hotel & Tourism Management, and was exceptionally open to country delegates and new members (17 guests from 10 countries).
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Seoul-based Millennium Destinations, attended the Board Meeting as Amforht Country Delegate, and representative of new Amforht Member Chris & Partners in South Korea.
During the meeting, she introduced the project to host the 23rd Amforht World Forum in 2019 in South Korea, together with Chris & Partners and local educational institutions. This would coincide with the celebration the 50th anniversary of the association.
A regional Amforht conference would also be hosted in Seoul in 2018.
In 2016, Millennium Destinations hosted the Sustainable & Smart Tourism Forum in Seoul, supported by Amforht and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
Xavier GRET, Director of the Association Hôtellerie Québec, AMFORHT Governor of the Board, and Delegate for Canada, also introduced the program of the upcoming 21st Amforht World Forum in Montréal, Québec, on November 26 to 29, 2017. About 500 professionals from the tourism and hospitality industries, and academia are expected.
Articles about the board meeting (French)
The meeting was followed by a lunch at Vatel Bordeaux's application restaurant and a visit of La Cité du Vin (The Wine City).
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, and Secretary of the Board of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Korea, attended the 11th Korea-Spain Forum, or XI Tribuna España-Corea, in Seoul, South Korea, on June 15, 2017.
The event was co-hosted by the Korea Foundation, Casa Asia, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, under the theme "Public Diplomacy for a Better Mutual Understanding".
Following the opening ceremony, with a keynote speech by Mr. Ildefonso Castro, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Spain, the first session on "Public Diplomacy, Tourism and Country Image" included presentations by the President of the Provincial Council of Malaga, and the Director of the Tourism Office of Spain, Turespaña, in Tokyo.
The 11th Korea-Spain Forum took place from June 14 to 16, 2017. This annual gathering offers a platform for dialogue and cooperation, essentially aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in the economic, academic and cultural spheres, as well as exploring opportunities for collaboration and foster relations between the respective civil societies of both countries.
June 15 2017 coincided with the World Tapas Day.
Spain is the top European destination for Korean tourists, with 341.000 arrivals registered in 2016.
Also read (Spanish):
Seúl acoge la XI Tribuna España-Corea, foro de diálogo y cooperación entre ambos países
On June 2, 2017, Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, delivered a presentation at the 2017 Sustainable Growth Jeollabuk-do Eco-Tourism Forum, on "Domestic and International Marketing for Ecotourism Development".
The Forum took place in the city of Jeonju, and was hosted by Jeonbuk Provincial Government, with the support of Jeolla-buk-do Eco-Tourism Sustainable Center.
Jeollabuk-do, or North Jeolla Province (aka Jeonbuk) is one of the nine South Korean Provinces, located in the southwest of the country. It is well-known for its agriculture, food, and abundant natural and cultural assets: a good start for an ecotourism development strategy.
On May 25, 2017, Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations delivered a presentation titled "Korean Outbound Tourism Market: from Mass to Niches" to the members of ANTOR, the National Tourist Offices and Representatives in Korea (www.antor.or.kr).
South Korea recorded 22,183,190 international departures in 2016 (+ 14,9%). The market is still growing and maturing, with a big potential for non-Asian destinations (which still account for over 70% of outbound tourism).