Course Overview

What: 2-week sustainable tourism online course by the GSTC
When: June 1 – 12, 2020
Where: Online
Language: English

*The course is fully funded by USAID SCHEP, and selected participants will receive a scholarship. To apply, please see the scholarship details and application instructions here.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), in partnership with the USAID Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (SCHEP), is offering a custom 2-week long online course of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP), with the aim of engaging tourism industry stakeholders including destination representatives and tourism enterprises interested in sustainability practices.

Through trainer presentations, group exercises and case study discussions, the training aims to cover the following key objectives:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the GSTC Criteria as an internationally recognized standard for best practices in sustainable tourism.
  • Learn about practical application of the standard in real-life situations, through examples of similar destinations and other regional and international cases.
  • Understand the role of certification and accreditation in sustainable tourism, and how such tools can support sustainable development goals.

Weekly Live Session Schedule

The course will be scheduled from June 1st – 12th (2 weeks), and in addition to self-paced learning content, will include weekly live sessions on the following dates:

  • Week 1: Monday, June 1st, Wednesday, June 3rd, Thursday, June 4th
  • Week 2: Monday June 8th, Wednesday, June 10th, Thursday, June 12th

Session time: 9:00 – 10:30am CEST / 10:00 – 11:30 EEST / 7-8:30pm NZST

GSTC Trainer: Dr. David Ermen

Dr. David Ermen is a consultant and speaker, with a focus on destination management, service quality improvement, and sustainability. His experience in consulting, tourism development, and training spans Europe, the Middle East, Asia & Oceania. David researches and lectures on service management, sustainability and destination management related topics internationally.

In 2017, David was involved in writing the UNWTO’s “Journey to 2030” report for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, focusing on the private sector’s contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Recent speaking topics have included sustainable destination management approaches and tourism’s recovery from the Covid crisis.

Exam & Certificate

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By completing this online training class of the STTP, participants will be able to meet the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

Following the course completion, participants 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.

>> Learn more about GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism


The Sustainable Cultural Heritage Through Engagement of Local Communities Project (USAID SCHEP), is a USAID project implemented by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) that uses a unique methodology for preserving, managing and promoting cultural heritage resources in Jordan through a community-first approach. The project began in 2014 and is set to continue until 2022.

Local communities are the primary stakeholders and beneficiaries of our programming. SCHEP helps communities around archaeological sites throughout Jordan harness the potential of their cultural heritage resources (CHRs) to create opportunities for education, employment and economic development.

SCHEP’s ultimate goal is the self-sufficiency and sustainability of Jordan’s CHR sector. We therefore focus on providing training courses and capacity building opportunities for students and heritage professionals, building a strong Jordanian Heritage Community of Practice, facilitating a positive enabling environment for Jordanian CHR institutions, and supporting local, micro- to small-scale enterprises.