Sustainable Tourism Training Solutions

Invest in Your Sustainability Skills. Boost Your Performance.

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

✓ Gain an 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.

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STTP Experience

Get an insider look at what it’s like to be part of our training class, and some key highlights of the training experience.

Training Schedule

The GSTC STTP offers two options for you to complete the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: in-person (2 or 3-day) training classes and facilitated 4-week online courses.

Group registrations of 5+: Please contact us at training@gstcouncil.org

Dates Type Location Trainer(s) Partner Duration Language Price Register
June 29 – July 24, 2020 Online (STTP-0320) Antje Martins, Ayako Ezaki TrainingAid 4 Weeks English Starting at USD 395 SOLD OUT

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October 1 – 30, 2020 Online (STTP-0420) Antje Martins, Ayako Ezaki TrainingAid 4 Weeks English Starting at USD 395 button sign up

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Nov 11-13, 2020 In-Person Thessaloniki, Greece Ioannis Pappas Green Evolution 3 Days English TBC Registration Coming Soon
Dec 15-17, 2020 In-Person Bali, Indonesia Mochamad Nalendra MarkPlus Tourism 3 Days Bahasa Indonesia TBC Registration Coming Soon

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*All the training options listed here cover the official STTP curriculum. By taking these training classes, 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 / Chinese) following the training class.

Types of Training

Learn more about the training options available through the GSTC STTP, and find the best opportunity that matches your needs.

Face-to-Face Training Class

In-Person

Our in-person training classes combine classroom sessions (trainer presentations, group discussions, exercises) and hands-on learning opportunities (guest presentations, live Q&A, field session), focused on practical insights into the GSTC Criteria, and tangible action steps to applying the Criteria.

We work with our partners and trainers to offer these training classes throughout the year in various locations around the world.

See a sample (3-day) training agenda

Online Training Class

Online

Our online courses, scheduled quarterly each year, offer a convenient and cost-effective way to follow the official GSTC training curriculum from anywhere in the world. Delivered as facilitated 4-week courses, they combine self-paced learning, hands-on activities, and interactive components to enhance learning results.

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).

Custom Training

Custom

From half-day introductory sessions to week-long extensive training, from tailored online courses to a ‘blended’ training programs, the GSTC STTP offers custom training options catering to the specific requirements of destination partners and industry organizations.

Interested in partnering with the GSTC to deliver a tailored training session in your destination, or for your organization?

See more information on custom training options, and contact us to discuss your specific needs.

GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

Demonstrate your knowledge in sustainable tourism and become a sustainable tourism champion.

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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

Trainer and Partner Network

Who are our trainers and training partners? Get to know the sustainable tourism experts and practitioners from around the world who are part of the STTP. This is our training team

Testimonials

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

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!

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 sharing with other participants and instructors from around the globe. These connections will be valuable for a very long time to come.

I found this online course well structured and enjoyable. The trainers are really inspiring, extremely knowledgeable about the field and very supportive. The live online sessions give a great introduction to key topics, and there are online lessons, discussion forums and reference material to deepen knowledge. I feel like I have access to so much wisdom, and it is great to be part of a global community of sustainable tourism practitioners.

Thank you GSTC for such a great course. The content was relevant, the case studies were inspiring and the course structure was spot on! I can’t wait to take my learnings and inspiration and activate it across regional destinations in Australia. Keep up the great work.

What I liked the most about this course is the well-defined structure, the opinion sharing with online classmates, and the up-to-date topics. It makes the experience much more effective and enjoyable.

Naiara López, Tourism Consultant, THR

Excellent course that sets the foundations for sustainable tourism practice.I was very new with sustainable tourism and now after the course I have very solid understanding and skills to apply to my job. In addition, the amazing network of professionals sharing ideas is another great tool!

Monica Moruzzi, Helloworld Travel

GSTC Online Course is a great opportunity and investment that helped me understand the internationally recognized sustainable tourism standards (for destinations); as well as the importance of effectively contextualizing them to facilitate the long-term adoption, collaborative implementation and strategic monitoring of the destination criteria. I strongly recommend the GSTC training experience to other island destinations’ stakeholders because it can facilitate a much needed collective understanding of the importance of destination management, as well as stakeholder and host community engagement. I also recommend the course because of its user-friendly course platform, and its excellent trainers who were actively engaging with and giving feedback to participants; and at the same time, promoting interaction among them.

Alfredo Montañez Acuña, Biologist / Environmental Planning Student, Graduate Planning School, University of Puerto Rico

Great presentations and speakers, I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

Ayako and Steve made it all worth it.

This course provided me with a thorough understanding of how to implement sustainable travel practices. I will definitely integrate information from this training into my work with travel organizations and destinations to help them achieve short-term progress through a long-term strategy.

Sophia Hyder Hock, Founder and CEO, Papilia

The GSTC training provides a comprehensive overview of key indicators for a holistic view of sustainable tourism. The training provided an excellent opportunity to network with other tourism professionals, and to share ideas, develop plans, and comment on sustainable tourism initiatives that are being implemented in a diverse array of locations globally. I’m grateful for the connections that I made and for the helpful feedback on ideas for improving sustainability in several operations.

Becca Balis, Consultant

Useful and inspiring! The way the course is organised with lots of practical experience from colleagues in the tourism sector is indeed the most useful and interesting part of the course, [making it easier] to approach the GSTC criteria.

I would recommend anyone working in the tourism industry to take this course, it is so useful to get insight on sustainable tourism around the world. Also the sharing experience with people from all over the world was very useful.

Amanda Hansen, Consultant in Sustainable Tourism and Food, Innovation Norway

The GSTC course was really great to me because it gave me an in-depth knowledge about sustainable tourism. The combination of the criteria explanation and the presentation from other experts was really great, as it gave us the know-how, lots of samples and case studies. Before joining this course, I had heard about the term sustainable tourism many times, but [was not sure] what it is all about and how we can achieve it. I am glad to have gained the bigger picture of sustainable tourism. I’m developing my village to be a community based tourism destination, and now I can adopt and apply the standard locally.

I Gede Oka Wira, Chief, Desa Wisata Jasri / Jasri Village Community Based Tourism

A great training program that gives the participants a thorough understanding on the sustainable management of both destinations and individual businesses. Anyone from the industry – from the business or the government side – should understand the bigger picture of the destination level management as well as the industrial level so that both public and private sectors can work together for a more sustainable tourism industry.

Aye Mya Mya Soe, General Manager, Indonesia, PEAK DMC

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program provided an up-to-date perspective and holistic approach on the topic. I really enjoyed taking part in the group discussions and hearing about the realities of other destinations and their challenges.

Jason Bent, Tourism Cluster Manager, Iles de la Madeleine Tourism Association

I think the training was very useful and gave me many insights that I will use in my daily work to develop more sustainable tourism. The training class was also a good group for networking.

Annika Sandström, Region Västerbotten, Sweden

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is the most widely recognized institution for offering sustainability courses for tourism professionals.

This is a one-of-a-kind course that provides the tools in getting you started. Not to mention, you’re also collaborating with people and organizations across the globe facing similar challenges. The feedback from fellow students was invaluable and honestly, what better way to tackle some big challenges related to the environment than with people from different countries and backgrounds. I’d take this course again just for those connections!

Julie North, Travel Ninja, Compass & Globe Travel

The [GSTC course] has been a remarkable learning experience and a great introduction to sustainable tourism. The combination of online resources, discussion forums, weekly live events with guest presenters provides a deeper understanding and useful tools in sustainable tourism. The trainers have incredible expertise in both tourism and sustainability and share their knowledge and passion about current sustainability practices. I would highly recommend this course to everyone involved in the tourism industry or have a interest in sustainable tourism.

Tarryn Smith, Africa Rewind

An excellent programme run by well qualified professional staff and trainers. The guest speakers were world class and materials industry leading. A definite must for any tourism professional who is serious about making sustainable impacts for the betterment of our industry.

Amazing learning experience. Exceeded my expectations by far. Excellently organized and facilitated. Great dynamics in discussions with course participants – so much to learn from. Highly valuable best practices and interactive modules really made the best learning experience I had until now! It really motivated and inspired me to continue on the road of global sustainable tourism.

Michelle Schönberger, Deutsche Bahn

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

This training will enable me to conduct more thorough analysis of our practices, track quantifiable improvement and better understand and fulfill the criteria laid out by the GSTC, and [support our work with] a GSTC accredited body to create a roadmap for change for the company and to achieve certification.

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

To work on sustainability is a never-ending story and can be overwhelming at times. The GSTC training supports a structured approach toward continuous improvement. It provides applicable tools to evaluate our sustainability performance and guidance for setting long-term strategies. It allows you to break down this massive task into achievable working packages.

Matteo Bierschneider, Co-Founder, Wise Steps Travel

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

I learned a lot and feel confident in my ability to lead change in the world and organisations I will work with as a consequence.

Alex Tsuk, Founder, BGreener

The training has enable me to go through all the GSTC Criteria thoroughly with better knowledge of sustainable tourism standard and practices. It will be useful as basic guidelines for the Foundation to use these Criteria, as the destination wants to embark in becoming a sustainable tourism destination, aiming to become GSTC-Certified.

Daniella Payet, Chairperson, Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation

I would definitely recommend GSTC training to absolutely everyone in the tourism industry. The entire [GSTC] framework is extremely useful and important – a framework of values and ideas that is evolving, and that is meant for us a roadmap to make things better for people and companies that may be starting from different points in the journey towards sustainability.

Miguel Cunat, CEO, The Fabulous Getaway

The quality of this training was really first class; materials, presentations, trainer support, resources and discussions. The forum helped keep everything relevant and up to date, and I also liked the format of the live events. All guest presenters were excellent; I liked that they were sharing real life experiences and not just theoretical examples. From each and every live presentation I gained ideas, reinforcements to my own experiences and enthusiasm for what I and my colleagues are doing in our own part of the world.

Hayley Wright, Owner and Director, Black Mountain Montenegro Ltd

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
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

I enjoyed that different topics were introduced and explained in detail by various industry professionals. Also, the broad mix of attendees facilitated the extensive exchange of sustainability measurements and thoughts.

Marius Herrmann, Project Manager, Yaana Ventures
I recommend this training to others in the industry because making sure our actions have strong sustainability factors is critical to contributing to the social and economic well-being of communities through tourism.
Snjezana Derviskadic, SEGURA Consulting LLC / Tourism Team Leader, USAID Regional Economic Growth (REG) Project

My 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

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

The overview of standards, coupled with best practice and real world examples has been very beneficial for my work in destination management and responsible tourism development. The ability to meet likeminded industry colleagues, who are working in this arena was also highly valuable.

Jo Williams, Consultant, World Bank Group

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 see our FAQ page or contact GSTC Training Director, Ayako Ezaki, at training@gstcouncil.org to discuss further details.

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The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program is managed and developed by TrainingAid, an international tourism training company specialized in sustainable tourism, through its partnership with the GSTC.