GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for the Bahamas

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) delivered, in partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, a 2-week online course on the GSTC Criteria. The course was attended by tourism industry stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, representing destinations including: Nassau, North Andros, Central Andros, South Andros, Mangrove Cay, Harbour Island, Abaco, Eleuthera, San Salvador, Exuma, Long Island, Bimini, Cat Island, and Grand Bahama.

The course participants joined a series of live training sessions covering best practices in sustainability management, and insights into avoiding negative impacts and maximizing positive social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits for local communities.

In addition, the course featured a guest lecture by Ms Diannille Taylor‑Williams of St. Kitts’ Sustainable Destination Council (SDC), a cross-sector advisory body made up of representatives from the public and private sectors that promotes sustainable destination management, as well as a «virtual field visit» exercise analyzing challenges and opportunities for applying the GSTC Criteria in real-life situations.

GSTC Trainer: Kathleen Pessolano

Kathleen Pessolano serves as the Special Projects & Destination Assessor for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and a trainer for the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program.

Kathleen is a leading technical expert on the application of the GSTC Criteria by businesses and government, supporting specific partnerships, special projects, and as a Destination Assessor and a GSTC Trainer. Kathleen is an attorney and international practitioner at the intersection of tourism and sustainable development. Kathleen especially enjoys working with partners devising strategies to deepen community benefits from tourism, including building capacity and market access for local entrepreneurs and other suppliers.

Kathleen is particularly passionate about coastal tourism issues and small island development. In the last decade, she has worked for the GSTC, The Heritas Group, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC, Sustainable Travel International, and served as an attorney for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

About the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP)

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) training opportunities around the world throughout the year for tourism professionals interested and engaged in sustainability. With the aim of strengthening awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations around the world, the training program covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations.

Learn more about the STTP and contact (training [at] for additional information.

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