Sustainable Tourism Training Solutions

Invest in Your Sustainability Skills. Boost Your Performance.

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

✓ Gain an in-depth knowledge of the GSTC Criteria, the baseline standard for sustainability in travel and tourism.
✓ Make informed decisions on how to implement sustainability practices for your company or destination.
✓ Get ready for developing viable and actionable sustainable tourism policies and practices for your organization.

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STTP Experience

Get an insider look at what it’s like to be part of our training class, and some key highlights of the training experience.

Training Schedule

The GSTC STTP offers two options for you to complete the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: in-person (2 or 3-day) training classes and facilitated 4-week online courses.

Dates Type Location Trainer(s) Partner Duration Language Price Register
July 1 – July 26, 2019 Online (STTP-1903) Antje Martins TrainingAid 4 Weeks English Starting at USD 395 button sign up

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October, 9 – 11, 2019 In-Person Hong Kong Alan Wong, Derek Tse Infinity Group, Hong Kong ETTC 3 days Chinese HK$ 3900 button sign up

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October 14 – November 8, 2019 Online (STTP-1904) TBC TrainingAid 4 Weeks English Starting at USD 395 button sign up

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October, 16-18, 2019 In-Person Beechmont QLD Australia Steve Noakes Binna Burra Lodge 3 days English Starting at US$ 325 button sign up

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Oct 28-29, 2019 In-Person Vail, CO, USA Kim Langmaid Walking Mountains Science Center 2 Days English Starting at USD 335 button sign up

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Dec 3-4, 2019 In-Person Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal 2 Days English button sign up

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*All the training options listed here cover the official STTP curriculum. By taking these training classes, participants will be able to complete the training requirements towards the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, and will have access to the STTP Exam (English / Chinese) following the training class.

Types of Training

Learn more about the training options available through the GSTC STTP, and find the best opportunity that matches your needs.

Face-to-Face Training Class


Our in-person training classes combine classroom sessions (trainer presentations, group discussions, exercises) and hands-on learning opportunities (guest presentations, live Q&A, field session), focused on practical insights into the GSTC Criteria, and tangible action steps to applying the Criteria.

We work with our partners and trainers to offer these training classes throughout the year in various locations around the world.

See a sample (3-day) training agenda

Online Training Class


Our online courses, scheduled quarterly each year, offer a convenient and cost-effective way to follow the official GSTC training curriculum from anywhere in the world. Delivered as facilitated 4-week courses, they combine self-paced learning, hands-on activities, and interactive components to enhance learning results.

The GSTC online courses are co-developed and hosted by TrainingAid, the STTP Program Partner.

Learn more about the 4-week course format (page by TrainingAid).

Custom Training


From half-day introductory sessions to week-long extensive training, from tailored online courses to a ‘blended’ training programs, the GSTC STTP offers custom training options catering to the specific requirements of destination partners and industry organizations.

Interested in partnering with the GSTC to deliver a tailored training session in your destination, or for your organization?

See more information on custom training options, and contact us to discuss your specific needs.

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

Demonstrate your knowledge in sustainable tourism and become a sustainable tourism champion.

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All training participants who complete a 3-day onsite STTP training class or a 4-week online STTP training class will have the opportunity to take the official STTP Exam, which is offered in an online and open-book format.

Upon successful completion, you are awarded with the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

Learn more about the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

Trainer and Partner Network

Who are our trainers and training partners? Get to know the sustainable tourism experts and practitioners from around the world who are part of the STTP. This is our training team


What do other tourism industry professionals say about our training program?

Amazing learning experience. Exceeded my expectations by far. Excellently organized and facilitated. Great dynamics in discussions with course participants – so much to learn from. Highly valuable best practices and interactive modules really made the best learning experience I had until now! It really motivated and inspired me to continue on the road of global sustainable tourism.

Michelle Schönberger, Deutsche Bahn

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training gave me the tools and network to be able to work for a more sustainable tourism sector in the area where I’m based (South Sweden). The structure with the four principles makes it easy to follow and to discuss also outside the GSTC world. The examples from the other participants were great, and we will continue sharing good and bad examples from destinations all over the world.

Emil Selse, Visit Östergötland, Sweden

This training will enable me to conduct more thorough analysis of our practices, track quantifiable improvement and better understand and fulfill the criteria laid out by the GSTC, and [support our work with] a GSTC accredited body to create a roadmap for change for the company and to achieve certification.

I recommend the GSTC training to anyone working in any area of the tourism and travel industry. This training is useful and urgent, because we must all change practice and behaviors in this sector and the training gives us the tools, resources, and examples that inspire and help us to “walk the talk” and spread the message to professionals, communities and visitors.

Ana Palma, Freelancer

To work on sustainability is a never-ending story and can be overwhelming at times. The GSTC training supports a structured approach toward continuous improvement. It provides applicable tools to evaluate our sustainability performance and guidance for setting long-term strategies. It allows you to break down this massive task into achievable working packages.

Matteo Bierschneider, Co-Founder, Wise Steps Travel

The GSTC training was a great first touch point for me into the world of sustainable tourism and destination management. I loved hearing case studies from around the world and real life examples on how the GSTC criteria can make a difference. The course has enabled me to start building on these criteria within my job.

Pia Ametsbichler, Director of Global Sales, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

I learned a lot and feel confident in my ability to lead change in the world and organisations I will work with as a consequence.

Alex Tsuk, Founder, BGreener

The training has enable me to go through all the GSTC Criteria thoroughly with better knowledge of sustainable tourism standard and practices. It will be useful as basic guidelines for the Foundation to use these Criteria, as the destination wants to embark in becoming a sustainable tourism destination, aiming to become GSTC-Certified.

Daniella Payet, Chairperson, Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation

I would definitely recommend GSTC training to absolutely everyone in the tourism industry. The entire [GSTC] framework is extremely useful and important – a framework of values and ideas that is evolving, and that is meant for us a roadmap to make things better for people and companies that may be starting from different points in the journey towards sustainability.

Miguel Cunat, CEO, The Fabulous Getaway

The quality of this training was really first class; materials, presentations, trainer support, resources and discussions. The forum helped keep everything relevant and up to date, and I also liked the format of the live events. All guest presenters were excellent; I liked that they were sharing real life experiences and not just theoretical examples. From each and every live presentation I gained ideas, reinforcements to my own experiences and enthusiasm for what I and my colleagues are doing in our own part of the world.

Hayley Wright, Owner and Director, Black Mountain Montenegro Ltd

The STTP programme has been a good introduction to the principles of sustainable tourism. It was a good mix of presentations and cases of sustainable tourism in real-life, insights from experts from various countries and across tourism sectors and explanation of key GSTC criteria. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences and observations through discussion forums and presentations, which made the sessions more lively. The final exam is recommended for those who wish to test their ability to put these principles to practice. I highly recommend this course to tourism industry professionals wishing to incorporate sustainable tourism management at work.

Rajesh Nambiar, Executive Vice-President, Ottila International
Deby Stabler

The GSTC training provided me with a deep understanding of the criteria. My fellow classmates were industry experts in various sectors from around the world, bringing the criteria to life with valuable examples/discussions of how they have implemented the very practices we were learning.

Deby Stabler, Owner, Project Azul Verde

I enjoyed that different topics were introduced and explained in detail by various industry professionals. Also, the broad mix of attendees facilitated the extensive exchange of sustainability measurements and thoughts.

Marius Herrmann, Project Manager, Yaana Ventures
I recommend this training to others in the industry because making sure our actions have strong sustainability factors is critical to contributing to the social and economic well-being of communities through tourism.
Snjezana Derviskadic, SEGURA Consulting LLC / Tourism Team Leader, USAID Regional Economic Growth (REG) Project

My first impression was the organization, it was perfect regarding the admin efforts and the learning tools. The course materials were really useful, as well as the live sessions from which I gained a deep understanding and experience from the other participants. I really want to have the chance to thank all the team who was involved, and of course I would recommend people working in the tourism industry to join this course

Maged Gendy, Senior Technical Advisor, Oman Ministry of Tourism

The training gave me a clear understanding of the challenges we face and the actions to take to make sustainability effective, [covering] each of the main areas in a systematic way with enough technical detail for those who needed it, without losing the less technical trainees (like myself) who needed to understand the broad overview of sustainable tourism practices

Jack Delf, Chairman, Western Balkans Geotourism Network

The overview of standards, coupled with best practice and real world examples has been very beneficial for my work in destination management and responsible tourism development. The ability to meet likeminded industry colleagues, who are working in this arena was also highly valuable.

Jo Williams, Consultant, World Bank Group

Get in Touch With Us

If you have questions or would like to partner with the GSTC to organize a training for your organization or destination, please see our FAQ page or contact GSTC Training Director, Ayako Ezaki, at to discuss further details.

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Building the Future of Travel

Hundreds of tourism professionals from across the industry, representing a wide range of destinations and organizations, have been part of our training program.

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The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program is managed and developed by TrainingAid, an international tourism training company specialized in sustainable tourism, through its partnership with the GSTC.