GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training: 2017 Summary & Highlights, Opportunities in 2018


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December 17, 2017

Sustainable Tourism for Development: Collaborating to Support Global Goals

TrainingAid partners with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to support its goal of promoting sustainability practices around the world. Through this partnership, we are working to develop and manage the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP), which provides training and capacity building opportunities around the world.

The STTP is an initiative contributing to the 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) in Sustainable Tourism, which collaborates with international partners to ensure that tourism contributes effectively to sustainable development within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training: 2017 Summary

In 2017, we took an important step to expand the reach of STTP; adding online training class options, which has allowed for more participants, including those in locations where onsite training classes are not yet available, to take advantage of the training opportunity.

The objectives of the STTP are particularly relevant this year, given the context of the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017), which has given the global tourism industry important impetus to focus on and highlight how travel can make a positive impact on communities and destinations around the world.

As part of the GSTC’s efforts to support and contribute to the goals of IY2017, the STTP kick-started the year with the goal of training 300 industry professionals in sustainable tourism standards, helping them implement sustainability best practices within their own companies and destinations.

We are proud to share that working with our international team of trainers and partners, we have met and exceeded this goal. Throughout the year, the STTP offered 18 training sessions (3 online courses and 15 face-to-face classes) around the world, attended by a total of over 400 tourism industry professionals from 54 countries.

GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Participants

Sustainable Tourism Trends, Issues, Destination Examples

A key part of the online course is sharing and discussing examples of sustainable tourism practices. The following articles share a glimpse into some of these discussions, with best practices, business strategies and destination case studies.

sustainable tourism certificationSustainable Tourism Certification as a Tool for Positive Business Impacts

One of the key underlying themes when discussing the global sustainable tourism standard is continuous improvement. Sustainability is not one static point to set as a goal, but commitment to continue improving performance by applying best practices and implementing innovations.


MUF exampleCommunity Tourism Project Success Factors: Museu de Favela (MUF) Case Study

The example of Museu de Favela (MUF), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, highlights various opportunities and challenges associated with tourism development, and the importance of local engagement and leadership when sharing the stories of local communities with travelers.


Online Courses in Sustainable Tourism: 2018 Schedule

Following the successful first online courses of the STTP in 2017, we will continue to offer regular GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training online courses in 2018.

These are 4-week long scheduled and instructor-led online courses for tourism industry professionals, providing practical lessons by sustainable tourism experts, and unique opportunities to learn from and alongside a diverse group of fellow sustainable tourism practitioners from around the world.

The following online courses are available and open for registration:


Get Employer Support to Attend the GSTC Online Course

Need help getting your employer's support to attend the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training online course?

To help make the case for your organization to support - financially and with resources - your online training efforts, we've put together a handy guide outlining the value and benefits of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training online courses.

See: "Information for Tourism Industry Employers: GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Online Courses" (PDF, 5mb).


Need-Based Discount for GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Online Courses

With the goal of sharing the benefits of professional development opportunities in sustainable tourism with a wider audience, for each of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training online courses a limited number of need-based discounts are available.

These discounts are designed for current students and professionals who demonstrate genuine needs.

To apply, please submit this application form.

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