Millennium Hikers is a global initiative aimed at promoting local development and community wellbeing through responsible, intercultural hiking, walking, as well as outdoor experiences.
Millennium Hikers is also a Seoul-based international community of hikers and walkers committed to have a positive impact on people and the planet.
The Millennium Hikers project was launched early 2016 by three French expats living in Seoul, including Catherine GERMIER-HAMEL, Founder and CEO of Millennium Destinations. Its main objective was to promote sustainable hiking tourism in France and Korea on the occasion of the France-Korea Year 2015-2016 celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In March 2016, Catherine presented Millennium Hikers at the 9th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism – Mountain Likers in Andorra.
In October 2016, Millennium Hikers became an international community of hikers and walkers mostly based in Korea. As of today, the group is composed of hundreds of members from Korea and overseas, including members of the diplomatic community, representatives of international organizations and corporations, public officers, professionals, journalists, professors, students, etc.
Since then, Millennium Hikers have organized regular and special walking and hiking events in South Korea through several public-private partnerships: Semaine de la Francophonie (annual world celebration of French-speaking) since 2017, Fête du Sport(sports Celebration) in 2018 and 2019, etc.
Korean cities like Ansan, Dasan and PyeongChang in Korea have invited Millennium Hikers to attend special events focused on sustainable tourism, ecotourism, etc.
Millennium Hikers is a project of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme, a multi-stakeholder partnership that promotes knowledge sharing and networking opportunities to better implement sustainable consumption and production in the tourism sector.
- To inform, inspire and engage action on the SDGS, towards peace, happiness, shared prosperity, social inclusivity and environmental sustainability,
- To support local development and empowerment, and to reduce territorial inequalities,
- To promote the benefits of hiking and walking for health and well-being,
Through the design, implementation and promotion of value-added projects, activities, and events promoting sustainable, community-centered hiking and walking.
Our core values: Sustainability, activity and responsibility