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 August 20th – September 3rd, and in addition to self-paced learning content, will include weekly live sessions on the following dates:
Introduction & Course Orientation: Thursday, August 20th
Week 1: Monday, August 24th / Wednesday, August 26th / Thursday, August 27th
Week 2: Monday, August 31st / Wednesday, September 2nd / Thursday, September 2nd
Session time: 10:00 – 11:00 Jordan Time (one hour) or 10:00 – 12:00 Jordan Time (two hours)
For course participants, as part of the scholarship by SCHEP, live attendance at all of the above live sessions is mandatory in order to complete the course.
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.
Jeremy Sampson, CEO, The Travel Foundation
Jeremy Sampson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Travel Foundation. Before taking the helm at the international tourism charity, he was already well-known and respected within tourism and conservation networks with a wealth of experience in Sustainable Tourism, having worked across the spectrum of destinations, industry, NGOs, and academia. He has held leadership positions for a range of organisations, including as President of international tour operator GreenSpot Travel and Vice President at Sustainable Travel International.
Chris Flynn, President & CEO, World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage
Chris Flynn is currently President & CEO of the World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage, a position that requires liaison at the most senior levels of Industry, Government and Academia. With 36 years experience in international tourism working in a wide range of countries across four continents, Chris has an intimate knowledge of the industry and the requirements needed to identify critical trends that have the potential to influence future tourism development and expansion.