Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Sustainable Tourism Course

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Sustainable Business Travel Course

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Sustainable Hotel 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
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 395button sign up

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March 10 – April 8, 2022STTP-2203OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki11:00 CET (UTC+1) / 11:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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May 5 – June 3, 2022STTP-2205OnlineAntje Martins, Ayako Ezaki12:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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June 30 – July 29, 2022STTP-2207OnlineDavid Ermen, Ayako Ezaki9:00 CEST (UTC+2)EnglishStarting at USD 395button sign up

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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

DatesCourse ID
Format/ Language
Trainer(s)Live Session TimePriceRegister
May 6 – June 4, 2021SBT-2105Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst BayerStarting at USD 395button learn more
September 9 – October 7, 2021SBT-2109Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst Bayer16:00 CESTStarting at USD 395button learn more
November 18 – December 16, 2021SBT-2111Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst Bayer09:00 CET (UTC+2)
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February 10 – March 11, 2022SBT-2202Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst Bayer16:00 CETStarting at USD 395button sign up

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April 21 – May 20, 2022SBT-2204Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst Bayer09:00 CESTStarting at USD 395button sign up

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June 9 – July 8, 2022SBT-2206Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst BayerStarting at USD 395
September 22 – October 21, 2022SBT-2209Online
English
Bernard Harrop, Horst BayerStarting at USD 395

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 Hotel 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 Hotel 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

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