The Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) 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.
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GSTC Certificate In Sustainable Tourism
One of the key benefits of participating in a GSTC training class (online or onsite) is the opportunity to take the official STTP Exam and, upon successful completion, receive a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
The GSTC STTP offers two options for you to complete the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: onsite 3-day training classes and online 4-week training classes.
Your Training Roadmap
3-Day Intensive Training Class
Face-to-face training classes offered throughout the year in various locations around the world.
4-Week Facilitated Course
Online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year.
STTP Exam & Certificate in Sustainable Tourism
By completing either a 3-day onsite or 4-week online training class of the STTP, you will receive access to the official STTP Exam and have the opportunity to achieve the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
Upcoming STTP Training Classes
4-Week Online Training Classes
Our 4-Week Courses are scheduled, instructor-led online courses for tourism industry professionals (learn more about the 4-Week Course format). Offering a flexible learning environment, the 4-Week Courses combine the convenience of online, on-demand learning with the benefits of interactive people-focused learning to optimize results for busy professionals.
Next available GSTC online training classes are:
Face-to-Face Onsite Training Classes
Offered as a 3-day (or 2-day) intensive and interactive training program, our onsite training classes include expert lectures on the GSTC Criteria, guest presentations, field sessions and discussions and group exercises. These onsite classes are organized throughout the year in various locations around the world.
Next available GSTC onsite training classes include:
May 11 - 12: Washington DC, USA
June 16 - 18: New Taipei City, Taiwan
June 21 - 23: Yunnan, China
June 25 - 26: Guangzhou, China
- See a list of all upcoming classes by the GSTC.
- Can't make it? Receive Email Updates on Upcoming Classes.
The GSTC works with destination partners and industry organizations to deliver tailored training options, including training in the local language by a GSTC trainer, and designing a shorter introductory program or a longer, more extensive program targeting sustainable tourism practitioners.
Download Brochure: Tailored Training Options for Destinations (PDF - 2 MB)
Download Brochure: Tailored Training Options for Businesses (PDF - 2.8 MB)
About the Partnership
TrainingAid is proud to partner with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to support its work in promoting sustainability practices around the world through the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program.
The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. Working with members and partners from around the world, the GSTC helps ensure that meaningful standards are available globally for sustainability in travel and tourism.
Learn more about this partnership.
What Other Tourism Professionals Say about the STTP
"The GSTC training provided me with a deep understanding of the criteria. My fellow classmates were industry experts in various sectors from around the world, bringing the criteria to life with valuable examples/discussions of how they have implemented the very practices we were learning."
- Deby Stabler, Owner, Project Azul Verde
"GSTC training has helped me transfer my knowledge to the management staff in our organization as we have adopted GSTC guidelines in our overall operations. It enhances our team to have a comprehenive guidelines and universal sustainable tourism standard to work toward."
- Fui Cheung, CEO & President, Infinity (Int'l) Travel Holdings Ltd.
"I recommend this training to others in the industry because making sure our actions have strong sustainability factors is critical to contributing to the social and economic well-being of communities through tourism."
- Snjezana Derviskadic, SEGURA Consulting LLC / Tourism Team Leader, USAID Regional Economic Growth (REG) Project
"It was very stimulating for me to attend your training course and to learn how the GSTC Criteria could be applied to various types of destinations."
- Mami Futagami, Ph.D., Professor, Meijo University