GSTC Sustainable Hotel Course
Overview

Sustainability Best Practices for Hotels

The GSTC Sustainable Hotels Course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels.
 

 Deepen your understanding of sustainability for hotels.

 Learn to apply the globally recognized standard of sustainability

 Facilitated & interactive online course featuring real-life cases

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 is for you, if you …

  • Want to improve your performance by learning practical how-to’s on sustainability.
  • Are looking for real-life examples and actionable tips on sustainability solutions.
  • Need a flexible and convenient learning option that fits your busy schedule.
  • Want to systematically and efficiently approach your sustainability journey by aligning with the globally recognized standard of sustainability best practices (GSTC Industry Criteria).
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What does the course cover?

The training follows the GSTC Industry Criteria with the Performance Indicators for Hotels, providing best practices for sustainable hotel management.

  • Lessons on each section of the GSTC Industry Criteria, with examples relevant to hotels.
  • Expert tips and resources introducing key solutions around current issues and trends.
  • Live presentations by industry practitioners, sharing insights based on real-life experience.
  • Hands-on exercise to practice applying the Criteria to your own situations.
  • Opportunities to learn alongside GSTC experts and fellow hospitality professionals from around the world, and to enhance your professional network.
Schedule

This course is offered at the dates listed below. For questions or booking support, please feel free to email us at support@trainingaid.org.

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Course ID:SHC-2202
Length:
2 Weeks
Type:Online
Format:
Facilitated
Trainers and Contributors:
Language:
English
Price:280,00 €

The GSTC Sustainable Hotels Course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels.

Course ID:SHC-2205
Length:
2 Weeks
Type:Online
Format:
Facilitated
Trainers and Contributors:
Language:
English
Price:280,00 €

The GSTC Sustainable Hotels Course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels.

Course ID:SHC-2210
Length:
2 Weeks
Type:Online
Format:
Facilitated
Trainers and Contributors:
Language:
English
Price:280,00 €

The GSTC Sustainable Hotels Course is designed for hospitality and accommodation professionals, and provides practical insights into sustainability practices for hotels.

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Syllabus

The training follows the GSTC Industry Criteria with the Performance Indicators for Hotels, providing best practices for sustainable hotel management.

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Criteria Lessons, Expert Tips & Resources on
A: Sustainability Management
B: Socioeconomic Impacts

Scheduled Live Sessions

  • Ideas & Insights: A guest presentation by an industry practitioner, sharing insights related to sustainability management and socioeconomic impacts.
  • Group Exercise: Using a scenario of a fictional hotel case to discuss issues and solutions relevant to the week’s lessons.

Learning Goals:

  • Become familiar with sustainability management principles for hotels. Learn about sustainability practices that effectively address the socioeconomic impacts of tourism.
  • Discuss practical application of the GSTC Industry Criteria through a hotel case study

Criteria Lessons, Expert Tips & Resources on
C: Cultural Impacts
D: Environmental Impacts

Scheduled Live Sessions

  • Ideas & Insights: A guest presentation by an industry practitioner, sharing insights related to cultural heritage and environmental management.
  • Group Exercise: Using a scenario of a fictional hotel case to discuss issues and solutions relevant to the week’s lessons.

Learning Goals:

  • Understand issues and challenges related to the impact of tourism on local cultural and natural heritage
  • Learn about best practices on reducing hotels' environmental footprint and positively contributing to conservation.
  • Discuss how hotels can maximize benefits for local culture and environment, while supporting business growth.

About the GSTC: Global Authority on Sustainable Tourism

The GSTC is an independent and neutral organization, legally registered in the USA as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including NGO’s, national and provincial governments, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism. 

As the global expert in standards for sustainable tourism, the GSTC pursues the goals of:

  • Promoting sustainable tourism knowledge and practices;
  • Facilitating the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles; and
  • Building demand for sustainable travel.

At the core of this work is the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. The GSTC was founded in 2007 by the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Foundation, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), among others.

Johanna Meissner
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Facilitators and Contributors
Director of Training Strategy and Development
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TrainingAid
Erlangen, 
Germany
International tourism consultant, researcher, and speaker
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Destination Capacity
Parua Bay, 
New Zealand
Frequently asked questions
As with any other online and offline professional training program, it’s entirely up to you to invest as much or as little effort as you would like into the STTP training class. On average, we recommend that you set aside 3-5 hours per week for: – Reviewing video lessons and reading materials; – Attending live presentations (or reviewing video recording); and – Participating in discussion forums and group activities. Other than the scheduled live (webinar-style) presentations, you can choose your own pace – for example, you can spend half an hour every day or a few hours each weekend, depending on what works best for your schedule. You are, however, expected to follow the weekly course flow (one module per week) in order to make the most of your learning experience, and to complete the course within the scheduled 4-week period.
To complete the course, you need to have all units and knowledge checks marked complete. You can mark each course unit complete by clicking on the little checkbox in the top right corner. You can move to the next unit without completing one, and come back later to complete the unit. This will be a useful way for you to remember which units you’ve completed, and which ones you didn’t, or wanted to revisit because you weren’t sure if you understood everything properly. Knowledge checks are short quizzes at the end of each module, designed as exercises to help you re-visit key learning points. Knowledge check quizzes are not scored, and you get an unlimited number of tries at each question. Once you complete a course, you can download your copy of the Certificate of Completion (available in PDF format) from the course dashboard.
Both face-to-face and online GSTC Sustainable Tourism courses are led by expert GSTC trainers, and cover the training curriculum developed by the GSTC, using the GSTC Criteria as the framework. In addition, both face-to-face and online classes satisfy the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. In these ways, the two are equivalent to each other in terms of content. There are, however, key differences in terms of the learning experience. Face-to-face classes are 3-day-long intensive training offered in a classroom setting, allowing for face-to-face interaction with the trainer and with fellow training participants. Online classes are offered over the course of four weeks with weekly lessons and activities. See more information on the 4-week online course format here.
Yes, current GSTC members can register at a discounted Member rate for all STTP training classes (onsite and online). In addition, we offer a limited number of need-based discounts to support those who are unable to pay the full price. You can find eligibility and application details linked from the online registration form for each class.