What: 4-week sustainable tourism online course by the GSTC
When: October 5 – 30, 2020*
*Weekly live webinars scheduled for the following days:
- Week 1: Monday, Oct 5th & Thursday, Oct 8th – 12-1pm CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2)
- Week 2: Monday, Oct 12th & Thursday, Oct 15th – 12-1pm CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2)
- Week 3: Monday, Oct 19th & Thursday, Oct 22nd – 12-1pm CEST (Central European Summer Time, UTC+2)
- Week 4: Monday, Oct 26th & Thursday, Oct 29th – 12-1pm CET (Central European Time, UTC+1)
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.
|About the Course | Exam & Certificate | Trainer & Presenters | Registration Details | Discount Options|
ABOUT THE COURSE
Sustainable Tourism Online Course for Industry Professionals
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) provides the knowledge and tools needed to help improve sustainability practices in travel and tourism. The training covers the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, and provides best practices for businesses and destinations.
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.
The course will help you achieve tangible actions that fulfill the globally recognized standard of sustainability best practices.
What Other Tourism Professionals Say About This Course
“The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training gave me the tools and network to be able to work for a more sustainable tourism sector in the area where I’m based (South Sweden). The structure with the four principles makes it easy to follow and to discuss also outside the GSTC world. The examples from the other participants were great, and we will continue sharing good and bad examples from destinations all over the world.”
– Emil Selse, Visit Östergötland, Sweden
“I recommend the GSTC training to anyone working in any area of the tourism and travel industry. This training is useful and urgent, because we must all change practice and behaviors in this sector and the training gives us the tools, resources, and examples that inspire and help us to ‘walk the talk’ and spread the message to professionals, communities and visitors.”
– Ana Palma, Freelancer
EXAM & CERTIFICATE
GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism
By completing this 4-week online course, you will meet the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
Once you complete the course, you will have have the option to take the GSTC STTP Exam. The exam takes place online, and you will have 4 weeks after the course to submit it. If you pass the exam (75% and above passing mark is required), you will receive a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC.
The certificate demonstrates your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.
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. Training development and delivery, speaking engagements and workshop facilitation has always been an integral part of her journey, including on-the-job training of new staff, facilitating climate change workshops, speaking at industry conventions and now managing. She is a Certified Asia Pacific Visitor Economy Expert through the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA).
In addition to being a GSTC Trainer, Antje is a member of the GSTC Education and Training Working Group (ETWG).
Ayako Ezaki, GSTC Training Director
Ayako 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).
Randy Durband, GSTC CEO
Randy 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. He has held several board positions and committee memberships in travel and tourism organizations, and is a frequent speaker on sustainable tourism issues.
Course Registration Fees
The early-bird registration fees (available through August 21st, 2020) for this course are:
- US$ 445 per person (Regular)
- US$ 395 per person (GSTC Member)
After August 21st, 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.
As part of your registration, you will receive training materials to be provided before the course; 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. You will also have the option to sign up for the exam during and after the course.
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 (email@example.com) for more details.
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.|