What: 4-week sustainable tourism online course by the GSTC
When: June 25 – July 24, 2020*
Where: Online
Language: English

*Weekly live webinars scheduled for 13:00-14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC +2) (show on your time zone) on the following days:

  • Introduction: Thursday, June 25th
  • Week 1: Monday, June 29th and Thursday, July 2nd
  • Week 2: Monday, July 6th and Thursday, July 9th
  • Week 3: Monday, July 13th and Thursday, July 16th
  • Week 4: Monday, July 20th and Thursday, July 23rd

These live webinars will be recorded and participants will be able to watch the recordings any time during the course period. Although strongly encouraged, attending these sessions live is not mandatory.

For more information on course topics and schedule, see the course syllabus here.

SOLD OUT

This course is full and we are no longer accepting registration.

Please see our next course, scheduled in October this year, which is open for registration (early-bird rate available through August 21st):

ABOUT THE COURSE

Sustainable Tourism Online Course for Industry Professionals

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) provides the knowledge and resources needed to help improve sustainability practices by tourism industry businesses and destinations. Built on the framework of the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, the STTP training class will help you achieve tangible actions that fulfill the globally recognized standard of sustainability best practices.

Delivered as a 4-week-long facilitated and interactive training class, the sustainable tourism online course offers a convenient way to improve your sustainability skills in a flexible online learning environment, while at the same time learning alongside GSTC experts and fellow sustainable tourism practitioners.

What Do Other Industry Professionals Say about This Course?

“I highly recommend the course to anyone interested to explore or deepen sustainability in tourism. It gives a great overview on all dimensions and how to tackle them hands-on. Course management and content are both at the highest level! Thanks!”

– Samuel Wille, Manager Strategic Partnership, Switzerland Tourism Organization

“The course was so informative and presented in an engaging & interesting way. The examples & speakers gave us a lot to think about and many tangible ways that we can make a difference in our travel business. Thank you!”

– Alex Musgrave, Owner, Impact Escapes

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EXAM & CERTIFICATE

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By completing this 4-week online 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.

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TRAINERS & PRESENTERS

GSTC Trainer: Antje Martins

Antje is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining academia, Antje has worked in tourism and hospitality for more than 15 years across several countries such as Germany, France and Australia. With the aim of helping to minimize the impact of the tourism and hospitality industry on its social, cultural and ecological environment, she focuses on educating and mentoring future industry leaders. To help the industry improve further, Antje has also started her PhD on the topic of sustainable workforce. Previously she served as the Training and Corporate Project Manager at EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific certification and advisory group for travel and tourism, as well as managing the EarthCheck Training Academy.

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Course Facilitator: Ayako Ezaki

Ayako EzakiAyako Ezaki is Co-Founder and Head of Knowledge Management & Communications at TrainingAid, an international tourism and training company offering online training courses and skills development opportunities for tourism industry professionals. Having worked for over ten years in tourism professional training and education in the non-profit sector, Ayako specializes in content building, educational program design, and project planning. She also brings many years of experience in online communications, social media marketing, and web publishing. Through TrainingAid’s partnership with the GSTC, Ayako serves as Training Director to develop, manage and market the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP).

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Randy Durband, GSTC CEO

Randy Durband 200Randy Durband has had two careers in travel and tourism – twenty-plus years in senior leadership positions at some of the finest U.S. tour operators, having served as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, (brands within TUI Travel plc), plus Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery. Following that, in his second travel and tourism career, Randy advanced the work of Sustainable Tourism as an advisor, consultant, and speaker. He brings his knowledge of the business of travel, his global network of travel professionals, and a passion for sustainability to support the GSTC and the general sustainable tourism movement.

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Jeppe Klockareson

Jeppe Klockareson is passionate about travel, nature and sustainability issues and has worked in tourism since 2004, focusing on ecotourism and responsible tourism. He’s held previous positions at Basecamp Explorer Sweden and STA Travel Nordic, as Managing Director and Product Manager and is the owner and founder of Fair Travel. Fair Travel is committed to sustainable tourism and travel principles, offering advisory and consultancy, sales & marketing support, lectures, keynote speaking and project work. He’s been instrumental in developing specialized sustainable tourism training programs for travel trade professionals in cooperation with higher vocational educations in Sweden. He’s a returning teacher and speaker both in Sweden and beyond, on training workshops and capacity building for sustainable tourism development.

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Karma Tshering

Karma Tshering is a sustainable tourism and livelihood development specialist. He is the CEO and Founder of Eco-Call Consultancy Service, which focuses on planning and management in ecotourism, nature recreation/parks, environment, landscaping, green hotels, sustainable livelihoods, visioning/strategic planning and institutional management. Recognizing the huge potential tourism can offer to complement Bhutan’s overarching development philosophy of Gross National Happiness he recently founded the Bhutan Sustainable Tourism Society as a platform for fostering partnerships and promoting and strengthening sustainable tourism development in Bhutan. He also serves as an evaluator/judge for the National Geographic unique lodges program and legacy awards; Board member in the Asian Ecotourism Network; and as the representative for Travelife to promote sustainability in tourism.

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Dr. Ya-Yen Sun

Dr. Ya-Yen Sun is Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland Business School, focused on the macro-level evaluation of tourism’s economic and environmental impacts. Her work on tourism economic impacts is to use the input-output modelling to provide quantitative estimates on jobs, income and GDP with respect to changes in national tourism policy, market development or special events and disasters. Recently, she also expands the impact evaluation to the environmental perspectives, quantifying the tourism carbon footprint and tourism water footprint in addressing to challenges faced by destinations under climate change. Dr. Sun’s research contributions and published works include: “The carbon footprint of global tourism” in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change, and “calculating the carbon emissions of holidays” by Responsible Travel.

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REGISTRATION DETAILS

Course Registration Fees

The early-bird registration fees (available through May 15th, 2020) for this class are:

  • US$ 445 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 395 per person (GSTC Member)

After May 15th, 2020:

  • US$ 495 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 445 per person (GSTC Member)

*For GSTC Organization members, the above member discount is available to all staff members and can be used for an unlimited number of times.

What’s Included

As part of your registration, you will receive training materials to be provided prior to the class; access to the online training platform; and a Certificate of Completion confirming your attendance in the class.

Please note: the STTP Exam fee (US$ 75 per person) is NOT included in the above course registration fee. If you would like to take the exam after the course, you can select the add-on option “Exam & Certificate” when you register, or you can also sign up for the exam afterwards.

DISCOUNT OPTIONS

Group Discounts

You can sign up multiple people at the same time when registering online. Select the number of people you would like register, and you can enter contact details for each participant on the form.

We also offer a discount for each group purchase of more than 5 seats.

  • 5-10 people: US$ 375 per person.
  • 11+ people: US$345 per person

If you would like to sign up as a group of 5 and more, please contact us (training@gstcouncil.org) for more details.

Need-Based Discounts

We offer a limited number of need-based discounts to current students and professionals who demonstrate genuine needs. To apply, please submit this application form.

*Can’t make it to this class? STTP online training classes are offered quarterly, in addition to the onsite face-to-face training classes offered throughout the year in various locations around the world. See all upcoming STTP training classes here.