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GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program STTP

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offers practical insights and effective steps to help you improve your sustainability practices.

With the aim of strengthening awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations around the world, the training program covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations.

Designed as a intensive and interactive training experience led by expert GSTC Trainer(s), STTP training classes offers a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the GSTC Criteria, the global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, and the roles of accreditation and certification in advancing the sustainability agenda in the tourism industry.

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Upcoming Classes

March 26-28, 2018Bangkok, ThailandDr. Mihee Kang,
Randy Durband
3 DaysEnglishStarting at USD 500sign up button
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April 2-27, 2018OnlineAntje MartinsTrainingAid4 WeeksEnglishStarting at USD 395sign up button
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Spring 2018Washington DC, USAKathleen PessolanoWWF2 DaysEnglishStarting at USD 335sign up button
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July 2-27, 2018Online (2018 Q3)Steve NoakesTrainingAid4 WeeksEnglishStarting at USD 395sign up button
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Oct 15 – Nov 9, 2018Online (2018 Q4)Steve NoakesTrainingAid4 WeeksEnglishStarting at USD 395sign up button
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*By completing these classes, training participants will be able to complete the training requirements towards the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, and will have access to the STTP Exam (English only) following the training class.

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Your Training Roadmap

The GSTC STTP offers two options for you to complete the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: onsite 3-day training classes and online 4-week training classes (Learn more about the 4-week online course format here).


3-Day Intensive Training Class

Face-to-face training classes offered throughout the year in various locations around the world.


4-Week Facilitated Course

Online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year.

STTP Exam & Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

By completing either a 3-day onsite or 4-week online training class of the STTP, you will receive access to the official STTP Exam and have the opportunity to achieve the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

All training participants who complete a 3-day onsite STTP training class or a 4-week online STTP training class will have the opportunity to take the official STTP Exam, which is offered in an online and open-book format.

Upon successful completion, you are awarded with the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

Learn more about the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

Interested in Custom Training Options for Your Organization?

The GSTC works with destination partners and industry organizations to deliver tailored training options, including training in the local language by a GSTC-approved trainer, and designing a shorter introductory program or a longer, more extensive program targeting sustainable tourism practitioners.

If you would like to partner with the GSTC to organize a training in your destination, or work with our team to deliver a tailored training for your organization, please contact us to discuss further details.

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Get in Touch With Us

If you have questions or would like to partner with the GSTC to organize a training for your organization or destination, please contact GSTC Training Director, Ayako Ezaki, at to discuss further details.

What Other Tourism Professionals Say About the GSTC Training

Pia Ametsbichler “The GSTC training was a great first touch point for me into the world of sustainable tourism and destination management. I loved hearing case studies from around the world and real life examples on how the GSTC criteria can make a difference. The course has enabled me to start building on these criteria within my job.”

Pia Ametsbichler, Director of Global Sales, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Maged Gendy “As I joined the course in April 2017, the first impression was the organization, it was perfect regarding the admin efforts and the learning tools. The course materials were really useful, as well as the live sessions from which I gained a deep understanding and experience from the other participants. I really want to have the chance to thank all the team who was involved, and of course I would recommend people working in the tourism industry to join this course.”

– Maged Gendy, Senior Technical Advisor, Oman Ministry of Tourism


Deby Stabler “The GSTC training provided me with a deep understanding of the criteria. My fellow classmates were industry experts in various sectors from around the world, bringing the criteria to life with valuable examples/discussions of how they have implemented the very practices we were learning.”

Deby Stabler, Owner, Project Azul Verde

Rajesh Nambiar

“The STTP programme has been a good introduction to the principles of sustainable tourism. It was a good mix of presentations and cases of sustainable tourism in real-life, insights from experts from various countries and across tourism sectors and explanation of key GSTC criteria. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences and observations through discussion forums and presentations, which made the sessions more lively. The final exam is recommended for those who wish to test their ability to put these principles to practice. I highly recommend this course to tourism industry professionals wishing to incorporate sustainable tourism management at work.”

Rajesh Nambiar, Executive Vice-President, Ottila International

Jack Delf

“The training gave me a clear understanding of the challenges we face and the actions to take to make sustainability effective, [covering] each of the main areas in a systematic way with enough technical detail for those who needed it, without losing the less technical trainees (like myself) who needed to understand the broad overview of sustainable tourism practices.”

– Jack Delf, Chairman, Western Balkans Geotourism Network

Jeniffer Jeffrey Peron“Through the GSTC training, I gained so much knowledge in developing sustainability initiatives in any business or tourism and travel sectors and the engagement with the local communities to boost economic development while maintaining essential environmental assets”.

– Jeniffer Jeffrey Peron, Associate – Sustainability and Social Responsibility, PATA