GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training, May 4-6, Washington DC


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February 09, 2016

GSTC Training Washington DC

WHAT: 3-Day Sustainable Tourism Training by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
WHEN: May 4-6, 2016
WHERE: WWF Building (1250 24th Street, N.W. Washington, DC)

Sustainable Tourism Training for Hotels, Tour Operators and Destinations

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is hosting a three-day intensive course on sustainable tourism in Washington DC, USA, from May 4-6, 2016. Led by Kathleen Pessolano, GSTC's Destinations Program Director and GSTC Trainer, the course covers global trends in sustainable tourism, sustainability best practices and the GSTC Criteria, with the aim of strengthening awareness of sustainable tourism through practical insights and achievable steps.

The training course in Washington, DC is the first of several that the GSTC and its global partners will offer around the world in 2016. To learn more about the GSTC's training programs and to receive information on future courses, sign up for email updates here.

What to Expect: Sustainable Tourism Training Key Highlights

The training course is designed to benefit tourism industry professionals from a wide range of fields. Being part of an interactive class environment with fellow participants who come from a variety of public, private, academic and non-profit entities will provide you with a stimulating and rewarding learning experience.

In addition, training participants will receive:

  • a comprehensive review of sustainability practices in the travel and tourism industry;
  • expert insights into promoting sustainable tourism at the business and destination level;
  • a unique opportunity to learn about the global sustainable tourism standards.


GSTC Trainer: Kathleen Pessolano

Kathleen PessolanoKathleen Pessolano is Director of Destinations Program and Associate Technical Director for the GSTC. Kathleen is an attorney and international practitioner at the intersection of tourism and sustainable development. She assists destinations with planning, policy, and management systems to develop tourism while protecting the natural and cultural resources. Kathleen especially enjoys working directly with communities to build capacity, devise strategies to broaden community benefits from tourism, and launch public-private governance structures for sustainable destination management.

Kathleen is particularly passionate about coastal tourism issues and small island development. In the last decade, she has worked for the GSTC, The Heritas Group, Cultural Heritage Partners PLLC, Sustainable Travel International, and served as an attorney for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Before law school, Kathleen helped the Center for International Private Enterprise advance private sector development in Latin America & the Caribbean.


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