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What: 2-Day Sustainable Tourism Training by the GSTC
When: December 3-4, 2019
Where: Terceira Mar Hotel, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Language: English

This training is offered in conjunction with the 2019 GSTC Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (December 4-7, 2019). If you are interested in attending both the training class and the conference, please visit the conference registration page and choose the STTP Training as an add-on option to your conference registration. You will receive $100 off the regular training registration rate, when you sign up for both the conference and the training.

Please follow the registration link below if you would like to register ONLY for the training class.

More about the Training

The two-day training class (3-4 December 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.

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

By completing this 2-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

Trainers & Presenters

Nicola Koschel, GSTC Trainer

Nicola Koschel is an independent tourism consultant based in Germany, with a focus on the sustainable development and environmental management of tourism. After graduating from a BBA in Tourism Management and Consultancy (NHTV-NL) she obtained a Master in Sustainable Tourism Management (HNEE-DE). Since 2007, Nicola has worked with and for NGOs, specialist researchers, federal ministries, the German Development Cooperation, the European Commission as well as by order of renowned consultancy firms. Her work portfolio involves product and destination development, feasibility studies, project evaluation, consumer market research, design of appropriate marketing strategies and the organization of study trips, tourism awards, and conferences. Nicola serves on the GSTC Accreditation Panel on behalf of WWF, and is also a member of GSTC’s International Standards Working Group.

Ayako Ezaki, GSTC Training Director