Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Sustainable Tourism Course

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GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) Experience

Get an insider look at what it’s like to be part of our Sustainable Tourism training class.

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Course

✓ Gain in-depth knowledge of the GSTC Criteria, the baseline standard for sustainability in travel and tourism.
✓ Make informed decisions on how to implement sustainability practices for your company or destination.
✓ Get ready for developing viable and actionable sustainable tourism policies and practices for your organization.

There are two options to complete the training requirement towards the GSTC Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: 3-day in-person training classes and facilitated online courses. 

In-person training classes combine trainer presentations, group discussions and exercises with hands-on learning opportunities, focused on practical insights into the GSTC Criteria, and tangible action steps to applying the Criteria. With our partners and trainers, we offer these training classes in various locations around the world. See a sample training agenda.

Our online courses, delivered as facilitated and interactive 4-week training, offer a convenient and cost-effective way to follow the official GSTC Sustainable Tourism course curriculum from anywhere in the world. The GSTC online courses are co-developed and hosted by TrainingAid, the STTP Program Partner. Learn more about the 4-week course format (page by TrainingAid).

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Schedule

DatesCourse IDLocation / Format
Trainer(s)Live Session TimeLanguagePriceRegister
July 08 – Aug 06, 2021STTP-2107OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki12:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395SOLD OUT

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Sept 1-4, 2021(Partner Course) *covers the GSTC-Industry Criteria only.OnlineUrs Wagenseil, Sabine MüllerGermanCHF 375button sign up

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Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2021STTP-2109-SOnlineJorge Moller, Leonardo Latorre Melín15:00 CLST (UTC-3)SpanishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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Oct 14 – Nov 12, 2021STTP-2110OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki11:00 CEST (UTC+2) / 11:00 CET (UTC+1)EnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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Jan 20 – Feb 18, 2022STTP-2201OnlineDavid Ermen, Ayako Ezaki19:00 CET (UTC+1)EnglishStarting at USD 395
March 10 – April 8, 2022STTP-2203OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki11:00 CET (UTC+1) / 11:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395
May 5 – June 3, 2022STTP-2205OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki12:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395
June 30 – July 29, 2022STTP-2207OnlineDavid Ermen, Ayako Ezaki9:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395

Trainer and Partner Network

Get to know our training team, sustainable tourism experts and practitioners from around the world who are part of the STTP.

GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course

✓ Take a new look at sustainability best practices in Business Travel – post-pandemic
✓ Focus on corporate and business travel management and helping companies recover successfully and in a balanced way.
✓ Make informed decisions on how to implement sustainability practices in business travel

The GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course is conducted online, delivered as a facilitated 4-week course, it combines self-paced learning, hands-on activities, and interactive components to enhance learning results. It focuses on corporate and business travel, providing the knowledge and tools needed to help improve sustainability practices.

The course uses the four pillars of sustainable management to look at how to create a new model for business travel that harnesses the real value of a sustainable business travel program that respects the new needs of travel.

Training participants who the 4-week online GSTC Sustainable Business Travel training class have the opportunity to take the official GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Course Exam, which is offered in an online and open-book format. Upon successful completion, you (as an individual) are awarded with the Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Travel by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable business travel knowledge and practices. Learn more about the GSTC Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Travel.

GSTC Sustainable Business Travel Training Schedule

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Location / Format
Trainer(s)LanguagePriceRegister
May 6 – June 4, 2021SBT-2105OnlineBernard Harrop, Horst BayerEnglishStarting at USD 395button learn more
September 9 – October 7, 2021SBT-2109OnlineBernard Harrop, Horst BayerEnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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November 18 – December 16, 2021SBT-2111OnlineBernard Harrop, Horst BayerEnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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GSTC Sustainable Hotel Course

✓ Designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels
✓ Focus on the GSTC Criteria with performance indicators for hotels and accommodations
✓ Features expert presentations, useful resources, and real-life industry examples and lessons

The GSTC Sustainable Hotels course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels. Delivered as a 2-week-long facilitated and interactive online course, the GSTC Sustainable Hotels course features expert presentations, useful resources, and real-life industry examples and lessons on applying sustainability best practices.

This course does not offer a Professional Certificate as the other courses.

 

GSTC Sustainable Hotel Training Schedule

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Location / Format
Trainer(s)Live Session TimeLanguagePriceRegister
July 22 – Aug 6, 2021SHC-2107OnlineDavid Ermen9am CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 280button sign up

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November 11 – 26, 2021SHC-2111OnlineDavid Ermen7pm CET (UTC+1)EnglishStarting at USD 280button sign up

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Testimonials

What do other tourism industry professionals say about our training program?

I’ve participated in the course to get a comprehensive overview of destination sustainability criteria. Much more than this, the course gave me the up-to-date analysis of current trends, and a huge number of relevant cases from the destinations, the industry networks and the service providers. I strongly recommend to attend the course.

Urska Dolinar, Manager Amazon of Europe Bike Trail; Director, Iskriva, Institute for Development of Local Potentials, Slovenia

The topics covered were relevant and up-to-date. Sustainable tourism was not new to me, but I learned so much. I really loved how you managed to build and maintain a community, especially in the breakout sessions.

Håvard Utheim, Travelopment

My course facilitator and teacher (Ayako and Antje) went above and beyond to answer our questions and provide us with additional resources. The course content (the GSTC Criteria) was delivered in an understandable and organized way. Learning the GSTC Criteria and how it applies to our own projects, businesses, and destinations is integral to anyone wanting to do any kind of work in the future centered around travel. I appreciated that the course was delivered in an interactive way over Zoom, and not just something we watched on YouTube. For me, being able to interact with fellow students from around the world, was a big plus. Was well worth it, and I highly recommend the course!

Deb Lace-Kelly, The Lost Compass

This course has been very relevant and provides in-depth knowledge of GSTC criteria for sustainable practices for destinations as well as the travel industry [with] plenty of real life examples and share links to plenty of reading material throughout the course. … As we move forward during these difficult COVID times, learning our lessons on the damage to nature, it becomes all the more important for industry professionals to get trained and step up efforts to embrace sustainability in all aspects of tourism. Hence, I recommend this course to all industry professionals.

Manisha Soti, The Walshe Group

This course enables participants to connect with the GSTC team directly, over an easy to use platform and network around the world. Using real life examples and detail in each of the 4 sections of the GSTC.

Kim Storey, General Manager, Destination Phillip Island

The GSTC training was a great way to connect, network, and engage in mind-broadening and eye-opening discussions with others in the diverse field of sustainable tourism. I would highly recommend this as a starting point for anyone interested in the journey of regenerative and sustainable tourism.

Sarah Dawn Bergs, Founder, Nourish NPO & Shik Shack Backpackers

The course was great and the on- the-go discussions added great value to keep abreast of trends from across the globe. Participants from various parts of the world brought in their experiences and made the course very interesting.

Freeda M, Founder, Dharthi

Hearing about actual destinations applying Sustainable Tourism initiatives and learning from real situations practicing Sustainable Tourism, as well as the related successes and challenges, was very informative and valuable. My favorite part was the unexpected camaraderie from and connections with the other participants. I genuinely enjoyed the online discussion, sharing of ideas, and breakout groups and, overall, meeting so many others who she a passion for Sustainable Tourism. Thank you, GSTC, for a great course!

A complete holistic approach to sustainable tourism. The comprehensive lessons given each week break down the GSTC Criteria and are paired with practical examples, international experts and ‘hands on’ online workshops. The opportunity to discuss and share insights from all the participants around the world not only contributes to my own knowledge but to also my professional network. I highly recommend this course for anyone discovering sustainable tourism.

Isabelle Robertson, Tourism Development Consultant

The course is quick and handy way to immerse in the issues of Sustainability in Tourism and a great kick start in starting your own business or destination program. I could have had the course even longer and especially the live sessions were great to get to know some of the other participants and share their knowledge and experiences – best practices are the best way to get started and to get valuable information. Highly recommended!

Riikka Sukula, CEO, Scarpa Winery and Monvigliero Vineyard Villas

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!

This course has given me an approach to the GSTC Criteria, where the basic and complete structure to move forward on sustainable paths is visualized. The reflections generated through real examples, discussions and available material are key to better internalize what sustainability means. Ideas applicable to our business and our work area appear during the course that contribute positively to one’s reality. I will recommend this course, for its contribution to the objective, honest and constructive understanding of what sustainability is.

Agustin Landeta, Owner, Zenit Travel

I can only highly recommend the course for every travel and tourism professional- it is a great motivational boost to get into action and helps me support destinations in bringing the idea of destination stewardship – an inclusive and holistic approach – alive. We do not need more and more tourists, we need sustainable tourism.

Sonja Tischer, Travel Professional/ Consultant/ Experience Designer; Winklhofer.one Agency

Taking the GSTC training at this point in time was extremely valuable. It gave me a sustainable tourism framework to help assess what I’ve been able to accomplish and also consider the role that sustainable experiential travel may mean as we begin to inch our way out of the world of zero tourism towards something likely new and different. One other great benefit of the training was starting to get acquainted and sharin