[LAST UPDATED 9 SEPTEMBER 2019]

This training class has been canceled due to the bushfire emergency in the Gold Coast hinterland.

All the staff and guests were safely evacuated before the fire reached the lodge. Most of the facilities have been damaged or destroyed by the fire. In the coming weeks and months, the Binna Burra team will be fully focused on rebuilding the lodge. Once the lodge reopens, the GSTC hopes to again collaborate with Binna Burra to offer a GSTC training class at this unique site.

Until then, please keep an eye out for news and updates from Binna Burra on their Facebook page, and if you are not yet receiving the GSTC’s email newsletter, please sign up here and select the «Additional Subscription Option» for the training program to receive updates on our future training opportunities.

Sustainability is not an after thought. Since our founding in 1933, Binna Burra Lodge has been guided by its commitment to preserve the integrity of the Lamington National Park – now part of the Gondwana Rainforest of Australia World Heritage Listed site.

The outstanding geological features displayed around shield volcanic craters and the high number of rare and threatened rainforest species are of international significance for science and conservation.

Binna Burra is on a constant journey to improve our innovative sustainability practices into our every day operations, to support our natural and cultural heritage, and to engage with our local community in positive ways.

We look forward to welcoming you to this first three-day GSTC training program in Australia. We know that when you complete the program, you’ll be further inspired to apply sustainable tourism approaches to protect our planet.

– Steve Noakes
GSTC Trainer; Chair, Board of Directors, Binna Burra Lodge

More about the Training

The three-day training program (16-18 October 2019) is designed for travel and tourism industry professionals interested in learning about sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations. The training covers tourism as a tool for sustainable development, sustainability best practices and the GSTC Criteria, the world’s leading standard for tourism sustainability, as well as key topics such as global trends in sustainable tourism, sustainability marketing, and sustainable tourism product development and management.

Key Training Program Highlights

  • Knowledge and expertise representing the GSTC as the global authority on quality sustainable tourism standards.
  • Stimulating and rewarding learning experience, being part of an interactive training with fellow participants representing a variety of public, private, academic and non-profit entities.
  • Practical insights on promoting sustainable and responsible travel experiences through case studies and best practice examples.

How Will the Training Benefit Your Work?

  • You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the GSTC Criteria, the baseline standard for sustainability in travel and tourism.
  • You will be able to make informed decisions on how to implement sustainability practices for your company or destination.
  • You will be able to build and establish viable and actionable sustainable tourism policies and practices for your organization.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in the official GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) Exam, and upon successful completion, receive a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

Supporting Organization

We are grateful for the generous support provided by The Lamington Natural History Association (LNHA). LNHA provides volunteer staff at the National Park Visitor Information Centre, creates self-guiding brochures for walks, manages and develops displays for the Visitor Centre and arranges quarterly guest speakers. The LNHA raises funds to assist in interpreting Lamington National Park, which includes furnishing buildings, maintenance and park activities.

GSTC Trainer: Steve Noakes

Steve Noakes has been involved in the travel and tourism industry for 40 years, and is a long term advocate for sustainable tourism practices across the Asia Pacific region. He is founder of Pacific Asia Tourism, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director/part-owner of Ecolodges Indonesia & EcoSafari Indonesia, operating ecolodges and inbound tours with a wildlife and biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia, a Director of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge in the world heritage listed Lamington National Park in Australia and a Director of the Lamington Natural History Association at Lamington National Park.

In 2008, Steve was honoured with the inaugural Ecotourism Australia Medal, recognizing his active engagement in the Australian and international ecotourism industry. He was the lead Asia Pacific representative in the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, serving on the GSTC Board, the Education & Training Working Group, the Election Committee, the GSCT Trainers Selection Committee and as a senior GSTC Trainer. He has also been an active participant on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, contributing to a number of UNWTO projects in Asia and East Africa. He the past two decades, has served as an Adjunct/Visiting Professor in Sustainable Tourism, at Universities in Australia, Norway and Finland. Nowadays, he is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith University, Australia, and teaches the full semester Sustainable Tourism & Indigenous Cultures, subject at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

By completing this 3-day training class of the STTP, you will meet the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

Once you complete the class, you will have have access to the official STTP Exam, and upon successful completion (75% and above passing mark is required), receive a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

After the training class completion, you will receive instructions on how to access the STTP Exam, which is offered in an online and open-book format, and is available for one month after the training dates.

>> Learn more about GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

More about the STTP

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

Designed as a intensive and interactive training experience led by expert GSTC Trainer(s), STTP training classes are offered throughout the year, and provide two options for completing the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism:

  • In-person 2- or 3-day training classes (Face-to-face training classes offered throughout the year in various locations around the world).
  • Online 4-week training classes (Online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year).

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