The first GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training session in Seoul was co-organized by PlayForest and Millennium Destinations, and took place on June 30 and July 1, 2018 at the training center of the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism.
The two GSTC co-trainers, Dr. Mihee KANG, GSTC GSTC Director for Asia-Pacific and Chairperson of PlayForest, and Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, introduced sustainable tourism rationale and principles, GSTC and its different programmes, as well as the whole sets of GSTC criteria for the tourism businesses and for destinations.
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL took this opportunity to introduce her own definition of sustainable as "An approach of tourism (whether it is considered as a human activity or an economic sector) which seeks to conciliate the needs and experiences of all involved tourism stakeholders, including the visitors, the industry, and the host communities, while optimizing their immediate and future effects – direct, indirect, and induced - on the local economies, societies, cultures, and environments. In the end, sustainable tourism may be defined as 'a strategic vision (or visionary strategy), a business model, and a lifestyle'".
The audience included professionals from various backgrounds and industries, such as representatives of certification bodies, academia, travel agencies, tourism startups, etc.
Three guest speakers shared their experiences, practices and insights on sustainable tourism, including Mr. SUK Hwangbo, General Manager of Ibis Budget in Seoul (Accor Ambassador) in charge of the Accor's Planet21 Program in Korea, Mr. NA Hyowoo, CEO of Good Travel, and Mr. KIM Yong Tae, Assistant manager at the Marketing Team of the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism.
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On 19-22 June 2018, Green Destinations implemented a Sustainable Destinations Training Course under the theme "Tourism for Peace and Prosperity" in connection to the 3rd International Water Safety Symposium in Incheon, Korea.
Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, partner of Green Destinations for France and French overseas territories, attended the training course together with 20 tourism professionals from the public and private sectors in various Asian countries
The course was organized in cooperation with Asian Ecotourism Network, Sustainable Travel Taiwan, the Foundation for Environmental Education Korea, and PlayForest.
The course was presented by an international team of five trainers, with strong expertise in destination sustainability:
The contents of the course included:
On July 5, 2018, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced that Green Destinations had achieved the ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. The awarded status affirms Green Destinations’ commitment to promoting sustainable destinations.
Read GSTC's release here.
About Green Destinations
Green Destinations has developed a GSTC-Recognised destination standard and a GSTC-Accredited certification scheme. Green Destinations works with 250 destinations in various programs and in partnership with National Tourism Board Slovenia, QualityCoast, the Sustainable Top 100, and ITB Top 100 Awards, a.o.
In all its work, Green Destinations support places, regions and countries in adopting its so-called G.R.E.E.N. values:
On June 16, 2018, the French-Korean expert group "Ensemble" organized its first Eco-Quartier Seminar in Suwon city, Korea.
Titled "Urban Agriculture and Carbon Negative", this seminar inaugurated a series of monthly mini-conferences in Suwon under the theme "Future cities and ecology", with a variety of topics such as eco-design and architecture, sustainable & smart urban tourism & hospitality, citizen sciences, biophilic cities etc.
The members of "Ensemble" ("together" in English) are: Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, Hortense SERRET, Doctor in Ecology and Post-doctoral Researcher at Ewha Womans' University in Seoul, KIM Tae-Hyun, Founder & CEO of In Vitro Plant, specialist in Urban Agriculture, and KIM Seong-hun, Eco-Architect, Co-Director of Geeum Plus.
The 2018 Korea World Travel Fair - KOTFA - took place in Seoul in June 14 to 17.
At the initiative of Michalis TOANOGLOU, Head of Department of Global Hotel Management Department of Woosong University, Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO had a meeting with members of the Greek delegation to discuss future collaboration for the promotion of Greece to the Korean tourism market.
The delegation was led by Mr. Michael MICHAILIDIS, Head of the Market Research Department at the Greek National Tourism Organization, Ministry of Tourism.
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What: 2-day sustainable tourism training by the GSTC trainers in Korea
When: June 30 – July 1, 2018
Where: Templestay Center (3F), 56, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dr. Mihee Kang, GSTC Program Director for Asia-Pacific
Ms.Catherine Germier-Hamel, GSTC Trainer, Millennium Destinations Founder & CEO
Fees: Regular: KRW 220,000 VAT included (discount available for GSTC members and groups of minimum 5)
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This 2-day training class is offered in partnership with Millennium Destinations and PlayForest Cooperative.
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On April 4, 2018, Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations had a meeting with Sophia PARK, Senior Manager at the Glocal Empowerment Department of the Governors Association of Korea (GAOK).
Together, they evoked twinning projects and agreements between French and Korean local authorities, and how sustainable tourism development could add value and bring benefits to local communities within this framework.
As of today, 13 twinning / sister cities agreements have been signed between French and Korean cities and regions/provinces: Rouen (Normandy) and Jeju cities (2004), Nice (Côte d'Azur) and Daejeon Cities (2005), Limoges and Ichon Cities (2015), Aquitaine Region and North Gyeongsang Province (2011), Alsace Region and North Gyeongsang Province (1999), Megeve Commune (Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes) and Taebaek City (Gangwon Province) (2008), Evian Commune (Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes) and Muju County (North Jeolla Province) (2010), Ile-de-France Region and Gyeonggi Province (2016), Versailles (Ile-de-France) and Gyeongju (North Gyeongsang Province) Cities (1987), Issy-lès-Moulineaux City (Ile-de-France) and Guro district (Seoul Metropolitan City) (2005), Paris and Seoul Metropolitan Cities (1991), Nantes (Pays de la Loire) and Suncheon (South Jeolla Province) Cities (2009), and Sanary-sur-Mer City (Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur) and Hongcheon County (Gangwon Province) (1986).
GAOK was established in 1999 to contribute to the balanced development of regions nation-wide as well as foster healthy local autonomy through promotion of mutual exchange and cooperation among metropolitan cities and provinces, discussion on matters of common interest and support on local government international affairs.
On the occasion of the Fête de la Francophonie, the annual celebration of French language around the world, Seoul-based international hiking group Millennium Hikers organized the second edition of its « Francophonie en Mouvement », or “Francophonie in Motion”, an urban hike aimed at promoting a dynamic practice of French language in the context of sports and outdoor leisure.
The event was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspire action through the message “Leaving No One Behind”.
Amb. Dho Young-shim, Chairperson of the ST-EP Foundation and UN SDGs Advocate, supported this initiative through her International Charity Foundation headquartered in Seoul.
Other supporters included Geeum Architects, GreenBIM Engineering, PlayForest and Yec'Hed Mat French restaurant.
The hike took place in Namsan Park, located in the geographic center of Seoul, on March 25, 2018.
Millennium Hikers was launched in 2016 by Millennium Destinations as an initiative aimed at promoting sustainable and smart hiking while fostering positive social, environmental and economic impacts of on hiking destinations, and sharing sustainable, intercultural hiking experiences between local hosts and their guests.
Facebook Group of Millennium Hikers: www.facebook.com/groups/993624007387265/
A delegation of the Korea Forest Service - KFS undertook a mission in Indonesia on March 4 to 8, 2018, as part of its bilateral cooperation activities.
The 8-member delegation of KFS, an independent agency specializing in forestry that is overseen by the Korean Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, was led by Mr. Ki Yeon KO, Director General of the International Affairs Bureau of KFS. It included two participants from the private sector, Ms. Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Seoul-based Millennium Destinations, who participated as Ecotourism / Community-Based Tourism Expert, and Mr. KIM Hyungsoo, CEO of social enterprise TreePlanet. Mr. CHO Baeksu from the Korea Forest Welfare Institute, a public organization affiliated with KFS, was also part of the delegation.
On March 6, 2018, the delegation, together with representatives of the Korean embassy in Indonesia and the Korea Indonesia Forest Center (KIFC), attended the opening ceremony of the TWA Gunung Tunak Community-Based Forest Recreation - Ecotourism Center, located in the Southern part of Lombok island, in Mertak, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province.
250 people attended the ceremony, including high-level officials representing the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry and local authorities.
Tunak Center Project was designed in 2015 within the framework of the bilateral cooperation between KFS and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, following the signature of a Letter of Intent in July 2013. In this LoI, both parties agreed (between others) to make joint efforts to enhance cooperation in the field of ecotourism, and to encourage a better relationship through exchange of relevant experts and officials in ecotourism.
In October 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding on Forest Recreation and Ecotourism was signed in the presence of the Presidents of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Indonesia, on the occasion of a state visit commemorating 40-year diplomatic relation between both countries. As a continuation, a basic plan for establishing a forest recreation and eco-tourism center and conducting a capacity-building program (2015~2018) was developed.
Unlike its neighbor Bali, Lombok has been relatively preserved from mass tourism, although it has gained increasing popularity over the past few years.
Located in the same region as Tunak Center, the upcoming opening of Mandalika Resort in Kuta Bay should contribute to bring even more domestic and foreign tourists. The resort has been designed to promote sustainable tourism and will include an eco-park. It will also be a center for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions). Also see: What Experts Are Saying About Lombok’s $3B Mandalika Project
Due to its abundant forest resources, biodiversity, and cultural assets, Lombok offer a suitable environment for ecotourism. As poverty levels are high in the island, and particular in the Southern part, local communities would directly or indirectly benefit from forest recreation tourism / ecotourism development. The population of Mertak represents around 8,000 people, mostly farmers and fishermen, living in 21 villages.
Through this bilateral cooperation on forest recreation and ecotourism between KFS and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, several ecotourism programs and experiences will be developed over the next months, with the main purpose to bring tangible and intangible benefits for the local community.
Tunak Ecotourism Park / Center has the potential to be developed as a model for forest recreation tourism, ecotourism and community-based tourism in the region.
On March 7, a visit was organized for the representatives of Millennium Destinations, Tree Planet and the Korea Forest Welfare Institute at the Sentul Eco-Edu Tourism Forest center in Bogor, West Java, 60 km away from Jakarta, or 1.5 hour drive.
The SEETF opened in July 2013 and covers an area of 630 ha. It is managed by Perum Perhutani, which assigned a manager with 10 staffs. The project was implemented under the supervision of the Korea Indonesia Forest Center. More details here.
On Feb. 28, 2018, Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, attended a tourism conference organized by the Korean city of Goyang and Loudoun County in the American State of Virginia, together with selected travel and local development professionals in Korea.
Ms. Beth M. H. Erickson, President & CEO of Visit Loudoun gave a presentation titled "A Little Bit of Loudoun, Virginia", and introduced the various experiences and benefits the county can offer to visitors before announcing that a fam tour would be organized in October 2018.
Loudoun county, DC's Wine Country, has a Sister City partnership with Goyang City, as well as Gangneung City in Korea. Gangneung has hosted Olympic competitions during PyeongChang 2018.
Also read: Loudoun delegation heading to the Olympics to promote tourism, business opportunities
The last Green Drinks Seoul (GDS) took place on Feb. 27, 2018.
For its first session of the year, the green networking event focused on eco-construction and the integration of biodiversity into real estate projects.
After opening remarks by GDS co-organizers Hortense SERRET, Postdoctoral Researcher at Ehwa University, and Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder & CEO of Millennium Destinations, Mr. Seong-Hun KIM, Korean Architect & Urban Planner delivered a presentation on a New Eco-Village Concept. Mr. Louis HAAG, GDS Co-organizer and Director of Seoul-based GreenBIM Engineering introduced the green building rating system LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, in connection with this innovative and sustainable project.
The event gathered over 60 professionals involved and/or having an interest in sustainability and environmental issues, and was organized with the support of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea - ECCK and the French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Green Drinks Seoul page: www.greendrinks.org/Seoul
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Se Jeong KIM