*A limited number of need-based discounts are available to current students and professionals who demonstrate genuine needs. To apply, please submit this application form (Application deadline: 13 Jan 2017).
About the Training
The three-day intensive and interactive training program (13-15 Feb 2017, Bangkok, Thailand) is designed for travel and tourism industry professionals interested in learning about sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations. The training covers tourism as a tool for sustainable development, sustainability best practices and the GSTC Criteria, the world's leading standard for tourism sustainability, as well as key topics such as global trends in sustainable tourism, sustainability marketing, and sustainable tourism product development and management.
This training class is organized by the GSTC and co-hosted by PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).
TRAINER: Dr. Mihee Kang
Dr. Mihee Kang is a research professor at Seoul National University, researching topics related to protected areas management and sustainable tourism. She received her Ph.D. at Seoul National University in 1999 and has actively participated in numerous ecotourism and protected area projects in Korea and abroad. She has published many articles and books including the first ecotourism book in Korea and the recent one about ecotourism in ASEAN Countries.
Mr. Randy Durband, CEO, GSTC
Following 20+ years in senior leadership positions at some of the finest U.S. tour operators, having served as President for Travcoa, INTRAV, and Clipper Cruise Lines, plus Executive Vice President of Tauck World Discovery, in his second travel and tourism career, Randy has led the GSTC and helped advance the work of Sustainable Tourism as an advisor, consultant, and speaker.
Ms. Nia Klatte, Sustainability Coordinator, EXO Travel Thailand
Nia Klatte is a responsible tourism specialist with experience in sustainable tourism certification. As the Sustainability Coordinator for EXO Travel Thailand, Nia has implemented steps to achieve the Travelife certification (February 2016), and she oversees all CSR and charity related activities.
Ms. Nitshananun Sonklin, Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager, Yaana Ventures
Nitshananun (“Nitsha”) began her career as a part-time receptionist at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok. With her Bachelor's of Arts in Business English and a diploma in Tourism and Hospitality management, she has worked as a film coordinator for the Thailand Film Office and a real-estate agent for CB Richard Ellis.
Ms. Supaporn Prachumpai, President, Royal Silk Holidays
As President of Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association in 2002-2006 and Vice President since 2010, Supaporn has actively joined forces with industry partners in developing GSTC-based sustainable tourism standards for supply chains in Thailand. She manages Royal Silk Holidays and the Country Lake Nature Lodge, which has received Travelife Partner status.
Certificate in Sustainable Tourism
One of the key benefits of participating in a GSTC training class is the opportunity to take the official STTP Exam, and upon successful completion, receive a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.
The exam is designed to evaluate the training participant's awareness and knowledge of the content covered by the STTP, and relevant examples and approaches to implementing sustainable tourism policies and practices within tourism industry businesses and destinations. Those who achieve a 75% pass mark on the STTP Exam will receive a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP)
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP)* offers practical insights and effective steps to help you improve your sustainability practices. With the aim of strengthening awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations around the world, the training program covers global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations.
Designed as a intensive and interactive training experience led by expert GSTC Trainer(s), STTP training classes are offered throughout the year, and provide two options for completing the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism:
- Onsite 3-day training classes (Face-to-face training classes offered throughout the year in various locations around the world).
- Online 4-week training classes (Online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year).
*Through our partnership with the GSTC, TrainingAid manages the STTP.
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