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GSTC Announces Online Training Courses for a New Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program expands its offers of online, onsite and custom training options for businesses and destinations.

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training STTPNovember 17, 2016 - The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the leading global authority on quality sustainability standards for travel and tourism, offers through its Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) practical insights and expert guidance to help tourism industry professionals implement sustainability best practices. Starting in 2017, the STTP training classes will include, in addition to onsite training classes offered in various locations around the world, a series of facilitated online training classes offered throughout the year.

Designed as an interactive training experience led by expert GSTC Trainers, STTP online training classes are offered through a flexible online learning environment and combine the convenience of on-demand learning with the benefits of interactive people-focused learning to optimize results for busy tourism professionals. These scheduled courses are delivered over a 4-week period, and include weekly lessons and activities, and live components to facilitate interaction and collaboration.

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training STTPThe GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offers practical insights and effective steps to help you improve your sustainability practices.

"The GSTC training program is a critical part of the GSTC's mission of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among tourism industry stakeholders", says Randy Durband, GSTC Chief Executive Officer.

The development of the STTP supports the GSTC's ongoing initiatives supporting the UNEP 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP) on Sustainable Tourism, as the STTP is part of the 10YFP Portfolio, relating to training on sustainability principles and "the application of guidelines, tools and technical solutions to improve, mitigate and prevent tourism impacts and to mainstream Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns among tourism stakeholders" (Source: 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Tourism, Work Area 3).

Further, in 2017, the GSTC aims to contribute, through the STTP, to the "Capacity-building and education" goals of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, implementing the recommended activity of "running capacity-building workshops / trainings on sustainable tourism" outlined by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The 4-week online training classes of the STTP will be offered quarterly, starting in April 2017, and delivered through the online training platform by TrainingAid, the STTP training program partner. Along with the regular onsite classes, the online training option fulfills the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, offering STTP training participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

About the GSTC

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism efforts around the world. The GSTC works to expand understanding of and access to sustainable tourism practices; helps identify and generate markets for sustainable tourism; and advocates for a set of universal principles, as defined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism.

GSTC Training Program

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) provides the knowledge and resources needed to help improve sustainability practices by tourism industry businesses and destinations. Built on the framework of the GSTC Criteria,, the STTP training class will help you achieve tangible actions that fulfill the globally recognized standard of sustainability best practices.

Training Program contact: Ayako Ezaki, GSTC Training Director, training [at]


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