GSTC Training Partners

GSTC Training Partners 2018-06-14T16:08:59+00:00

The GSTC works with Training Partners in various regions and destinations that support the GSTC’s mission to increase sustainable tourism knowledge and practice and offer the official GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training classes on behalf of the GSTC. Destination organizations, governments, industry associations and other institutions interested in partnering with the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program are encouraged to contact:


Asian Ecotourism Network

Asian Ecotourism NetworkRegion: Asia Pacific
Lead Trainer: Mihee Kang (South Korea)
Authorized Trainers: Kazuhiro Arai (Japan), Mami Futagami (Japan), Susan Santos de Cárdenas (Philippines), Masaru Takayama (Japan)

Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) provides more hands-on connections and relevant opportunities for members working together at a regional scale providing more networking and business opportunities, significant information, educational materials and networking prospects to both small and large organizations within Asia. AEN endorses GSTC and its sustainability criteria for sustainability for travel providers, accommodations, destinations, and public authorities in Asia and beyond.


Botswana Tourism Organization (BTO)

Training Partner BTO logoCountry: Botswana
Lead Trainer: Tshoganetso Carl-Ponoesele
Authorized Trainers: Thatayaone Mmapatsi

The Botswana Tourism Organization is the leading body supporting the efforts to market Botswana’s tourist product, grade and classify tourist accommodation facilities, and promote investment in the tourism sector. With its long-standing commitment to conservation of its land, wildlife and cultural heritage, Botswana enjoys a solid reputation as a progressive sustainable tourism destination and one of the top safari destinations in the world.


DASTA (Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration), Thailand

DASTACountry: Thailand
Lead Trainer: Wanvipa Phanumat
Authorized Trainers: Nuchsara Thianchai, Piyanat Klaiduan

DASTA is a government agency which is accountable to Prime Minister, aiming to create, develop and prolong sustainable tourism in Thailand. DASTA focuses on developing tourism in designated areas, namely Chang Island and Vicinity, Pattaya City and Vicinity, Historical Parks of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and Kamphaengphet, Loei, Nan Old City, and Uthong Ancient City, in three dimensions – economy, society, and environment.

Green Dreams for the Planet Foundation


Country: India
Lead Trainer: CB Ramkumar

With expertise in climate change actions and sustainable tourism, Green Dreams for the Planet (GDP) works to spread awareness of climate change and its impacts, promote sustainability solutions and technologies, and serve as a think tank to provide inputs that influence policy.


Green Evolution, SA

Training Partner Green EvolutionRegion: Southeast Europe
Lead Trainer: Dr. Ioannis Pappas
Authorized Trainer: Dr. Ioannis Karampasis

Green Evolution, based in Athens, Greece, was created in 2009 by a group of environmental, engineering, financial and legal experts who are specialists in ecology, energy and carbon finance. Green Evolution’s vision is to help create a sustainable and secure future based on integrated environmental services in tourism, assisting public and private sector organizations in their efforts to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change impact. Green Evolution offers consulting services in Southeast Europe working with several sustainable tourism certification standards and Awards, in Tour Operators, Hotels and Destinations. Green Evolution designs and implements strategies on greenhouse gas management and delivers training for the tourism sector.



Indonesia Ecotourism Network (Indecon)

Training Partner IndeconCountry: Indonesia
Lead Trainer: Ary Suhandi

Indonesia Ecotourism Network (Indecon) is a non-profit organization focused on developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Indonesia. Indecon promotes ecotourism as one option for sustainable development; by encouraging visitors to minimize the negative impact of their visit as well as encouraging local government and local community to manage their consumption of natural resources in sustainable manner. Established in 1995, Indecon has contributed in tourism development planning, policy making, capacity building, and marketing of Indonesian tourism by facilitating and partnering with national and international network.

Infinity (Int’l) Travel Holdings Inc.

Training Partner Infinity Travel HoldingsRegion: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China
Lead Trainer: Dr. Lewis Cheung
Authorized Trainers: Fui Cheung, Derek Tse

Infinity (Int’l) Travel Holdings Inc., known as “Infinity”, engaged in designing, producing and operating in-depth thematic based tour products by implementing its sales and marketing gateways in Greater China Regions and global Chinese markets. Infinity’s subsidiary companies include Infinity Travel Services Limited and the Globe Ecotourism Training Center. With the goal of promoting and implementing a more sustainable tourism practice for global needs, Infinity has built its own product philosophy and corporate Standard Operation Procedures, striving to provide quality travel services and valuable travel experience.


Globe Ecotourism Training Centre

Globe Ecotourism Training CentreRegion: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China
Lead Trainer: Dr. Lewis Cheung
Authorized Trainers: Fui Cheung, Derek Tse

The Globe Ecotourism Training Centre has been formed and established by a group of global ecotourism practitioners and researchers. The Centre aims to promote and implement quality ecotourism trainings and universal sustainable tourism practices, in order to achieve environmental, social and economic benefits while leading tourism stakeholders and travelers to an understanding of the importance of protecting resources through sustainable tourism practices.


Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre

ETTC logoRegion: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China
Lead Trainer: Dr. Lewis Cheung
Authorized Trainers: Fui Cheung, Derek Tse

Hong Kong Ecotourism & Travels Professional Training Centre (ETTC) was established in 2005, to train sufficient eco-guides to meet the needs of Hong Kong’s ecotourism industry. All training courses are planned and provided by an expert team consisting of nearly 40 members who have worked in tourism, diving, biological and cultural conservation for years. More than 5,000 students and eco-guides have been trained by the ETTC over the last decade. ETTC has also trained the first batch of Geopark guides for Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Most Recommended Geopark Guides (R2G) in Hong Kong are graduated from ETTC.


Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee (HSAC)

Training Partner HSAC LogoRegion: Huangschan, China
Lead Trainer: Zhang Yangzhi
Authorized Trainers: He Difeng, Cheng Jingming

Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Administrative Committee (HSAC) is founded in 1988, is an organization legislatively ratified by the standing committees of the People’s Congress of Anhui Province and authorized by the Huangshan Municipal Government to conduct the overall management of Mt. Huangshan. Mt. Huangshan is the cradle of the Mt. Huangshan Painting School which is excellent representative of Chinese Landscape Paintings. The pine trees, rock formations, sea of clouds, hot springs, and the snow scenery are popularly known as “the five wonders” of Mt. Huangshan. Its fantastic natural scenery, rich oriental cultures, and high scientific and aesthetic values have won Mt. Huangshan a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site and it was included in the World Geopark Network.

PlayForest Cooperative

Country: South Korea
Lead Trainer: Dr. Mihee Kang

The PlayForest Cooperative is a cooperative of sustainable travel businesses designed to benefit local communities and local activists dedicated to the conservation of their forests and to provide genuine community-based natural tourism experiences to the visitors. While PlayForest works as a tour operator to develop tours, the cooperative focuses on promoting local tours managed by local communities or local organizations, as a way to support local communities dedicated to sustainable tourism development but have difficulties to access tourists market due to lack of skills, finance or technology.

Walking Mountains Science Center

Country: USA
Lead Trainer: Kim Langmaid

The Sustainability Programs Department at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado offers educational group trainings and custom coaching opportunities to support businesses, destination managers, and local government staff and officials in understanding and implementing sustainable tourism practices. Walking Mountains provides the GSTC “recognized” Actively Green standard for certification of businesses, and the Mountain IDEAL GSTC “recognized” destination standard for certification of mountain resort communities. Onsite trainings are offered in Vail, Colorado and other locations.