4-week Applied DEI in Travel Online Course by the GSTC
Applied DEI: Inclusion in Travel and Tourism for Visitors and Staff

Dates: June 6 – June 29, 2023
Time: Live sessions at a time suitable for those in US and Europe time zone
Where: Online
Language: English

Weekly live sessions scheduled for the following days, from 14:00 ET.

  • Week 1: Tuesday, June 6th (14:00 – 15:30 ET), and Thursday, June 8th (14:00 – 15:30 ET)
  • Week 2: Tuesday, June 13th (14:00 – 15:30 ET), and Thursday, June 15th (14:00 – 15:30 ET)
  • Week 3: Tuesday, June 20th (14:00 – 15:30 ET), and Thursday, June 22nd (14:00 – 15:30 ET)
  • Week 4: Tuesday, June 27th (14:00 – 15:30 ET), and Thursday, June 29th (14:00 – 15:30 ET)

We highly recommend attending the live, virtual sessions. However, the sessions will be recorded and participants will be able to watch the recordings any time during the course period.

For more information on course topics and schedule, see the course syllabus.


Applied DEI in Travel Online Course

The GSTC Applied DEI in Travel Course, created in partnership with Travel Unity, gives participants an opportunity to learn about best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and have meaningful dialogues with colleagues from across the globe. The training covers Travel Unity’s DEI Standards for Visitor-Facing Organizations, which center on three Pillars: Management & Workforce, Visitorship, and Community Impact.

Delivered as a 4-week-long facilitated and interactive training class, the Applied DEI in Travel online course offers a convenient way to improve your knowledge in DEI, whether you’re new to the topic or are already engaged with these efforts.

The course will include a practical application component, allowing participants to explore how these topics can be utilized within their roles and organizations.


Roni Weiss

Roni Weiss is the Executive Director of Travel Unity, a U.S-based NGO focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel through individual and community empowerment. Roni was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Snohomish County, Washington, north of Seattle. At the age of 10, Roni began attending Edmonds Community College (now Edmonds College), receiving his Associate’s of Arts and Science with Honors at the age of 12. He graduated from Lynnwood High School at the age of 15, then attended the University of Washington, receiving double Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Drama and English at the age of 18.  Through years of world travels, Roni visited 70+ countries, including every country in Europe, six of seven continents, and taught English in Italy, France, Taiwan, and Chile, both to youth and professionals. In 2011, Roni founded RW Social, a marketing and consulting company for the travel industry and nonprofits. From 2011 to 2016, Roni worked with Africa Travel Association (now Africa Tourism Association), assisting with and speaking at ATA’s events in NYC, DC, and multiple African countries. In 2013, RW Social launched the New York Travel Festival, an event focused on innovation and sustainability in the world of travel, which served as the genesis for Travel Unity, where he now serves as Executive Director. Roni lives in Westchester County, NY with his partner, Lauren, and their four children.


Chi Lo
Resources Director, Travel Unity

Chi Lo is the Resources Director at Travel Unity. She has developed a career in sustainable tourism, building expertise in tourism standards and certification, community wellbeing, culture, and wildlife. Chi works closely with tourism sector entities to help better their responsible business practices. Over the years, she has been involved with numerous travel trade and non-profit organizations including Travelife for Tour Operators (ECEAT), Green Destinations, Planet Happiness, World Tourism Association for Cultural Heritage (WTACH), Destination Stewardship Center, Travelife for Accommodation (ABTA), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA), Africa Travel Association (now Africa Tourism Association), Center for Responsible Travel, and more. She has also served as a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Executive Committee and Board, and currently sits on the Council’s Communications & Membership Working Group. She is recognized in Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network‘s Circle of Experts and as a Sustainability Mentor by Sanctuary Resorts. Chi lives in Seattle with her young family and is always planning their next great adventure.


Course Registration Fees

The registration fees are:

  • US$ 380 per person (Non-member)
  • US$ 340 per person (GSTC Member)

*For GSTC Organization members, the above member discount is available to all staff members and can be used for an unlimited number of times.

What’s Included

As part of your registration, you will receive training materials to be provided before the course; access to the online training platform; and a Certificate of Completion confirming your attendance in the class.


Group Discounts

You can sign up multiple people at the same time when registering online. Select the number of people you would like register, and you can enter contact details for each participant on the form.

For GSTC Members, we also offer a discount for each group purchase of more than 5 seats.

  • 5-10 people: US$ 320 per person

If you would like to sign up as a group of 5 and more, please contact us (training@gstcouncil.org) for more details.

Need-Based Discounts

We offer a limited number of need-based discounts to current students and professionals who demonstrate genuine needs. To apply, please contact us (training@gstcouncil.org).

*Can’t make it to this class? GSTC STTP online training classes are offered on a regular basis throughout the year. See all upcoming GSTC Sustainable Tourism courses here.