GSTC Training + International Forum, Nagasaki, Japan, 1-2 November 2017
GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training (Nov 1-2, 2017), Sustainable Tourism International Forum (Nov 4-5, 2017) Language: Japanese Organized by: Asian Ecotourism Network (GSTC Training Partner), Ecotourism Japan / 特定非営利活動法人日本エコツーリズムセンター
GSTC Sustainable Tourism International Certification Training Program
Summary: A training program by the official GSTC trainer to understand the contents of the international certification system and learn how to examine based on cases. The three day on-site training program was organized by Japan Ecotourism Center, a specified non-profit organization, with cooperation from Shimabara Peninsula Tourism Federation and Shimabara Railway Co., Ltd,. A certificate of completion was given to those who completed the program from the Japan Ecotourism Center. Those who take and pass the official GSTC test (in English) can get the official GSTC certificate.
Training Program with Shimabara Peninsula Excursion
The classroom lecture took place from November 1st – November 2nd, 2017 at Seiunso in Unzen City, Nagasaki. Beginning with the case study of initiatives for sustainable tourism around the world, participants were very actively discussing potential sustainable tourism products and the importance of networking around their destinations.
As a part of the training program, the Shimabara Peninsula Excursion was organized on November 3rd, 2017. Participants visited the site of sustainable tourism on the Shimabara Peninsula and experienced the points unique to the local area with a local guide.
Sustainable Tourism International Certification – Shimabara Peninsula Forum
Following the GSTC training, the Sustainable Tourism International Certification – Shimabara Peninsula Forum took place from November 4th – 5th, 2017 at Shimabara City Ariake Cultural Center (Green Wave). The forum was held to celebrate and look back on the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Keynote speakers are, Ms. Ariana Luquín Sánchez, UNWTO Regional Support Office for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Albert Salman, Green Destinations and Mr. Masaru Takayama, Asia Ecotourism Network. The forum was organized by Japan Ecotourism Center and co-sponsored by Shimabara Peninsula Tourism Federation. Please see more details about this forum from here (Japanese only).
About the AEN
The Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) is a regional membership organization for ecotourism practitioners in Asia. AEN provides relevant opportunities for members: networking and business connections, key industry information, educational materials and networking prospects to both small and large organizations within Asia. AEN Board Members include ecotourism leaders and industry experts from across the Asia Pacific region.
About Ecotourism Japan
Ecotourism Japan (EJ) is a non-profit organization working to establish a nationwide network of tour operators, researchers, and professionals, with the aim of revitalizing local communities through ecotourism. To promote ecotourism, EJ supports local communities and tour operators, and helps disseminate information and tips on ecotourism, nature-based tours, conservation and more, to encourage more people to learn about ecotourism.