Shodoshima Tourism Association (STA) sponsored the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training for their tourism stakeholders in Shodoshima Kagawa, Japan. The three-day training in Japanese was held from the 20th to 22nd of December, 2023. 

The training was led by GSTC Trainers, Kazuhiro Arai, Representative of Daisetsuzan Nature School, and Koji Miwa, Policy Researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) who shared their knowledge and expertise with practical examples and valuable insights. 

Shodoshima GSTC Training

Attendees had the chance to do an onsite visit to the Olivean Shodoshima Yuhigaoka Hotel, a hotel with charming natural surroundings in the Seto Inland Sea; where they learned firsthand its initiatives and management of kitchens, guest rooms, trash storage, etc.

ShodoshimaParticipants also did a site visit to Shodoshim Olive Park, a Greek-style park constructed on the top of a hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, with about 2,000 olive trees and more than 130 different types of herbs; where they learned and discussed the functionalities of Cyclical Agriculture and Olives.

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course provided participants with the essential knowledge and skills to champion sustainable tourism practices. It presented an excellent opportunity to delve into the GSTC Criteria the global standards for sustainability in tourism and travel. The inclusion of global and local case studies enhanced the value of the training.

Upon successful course completion, participants receive a certificate of completion and become eligible to take an optional official exam to obtain the GSTC Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

If you are interested in contributing to the industry’s sustainable transformation, consider checking out GSTC’s upcoming courses here.