GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

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STTP Tourism Training

Invest in Your Sustainability Skills. Boost Your Performance.

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.

TrainingAid, through its partnership with the GSTC, manages and develops the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP).


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Training Schedule

The GSTC STTP offers two options for you to complete the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: in-person (2 or 3-day) training classes and facilitated 4-week online courses.

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Course Type Course Length Location Course Dates Trainer(s) Language Register
Facilitated 4 Weeks Online Oct 14 - Nov 8, 2019 Antje Martins, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
In-Person 3 Days Sanur, Bali, Indonesia Oct 23-25, 2019 MarkPlus Center for Tourism & Hospitality Bahasa Indonesia Learn More
In-Person 2 Days Vail, CO, USA Oct 28-29, 2019 Walking Mountains Science Center English Learn More
In-Person 2 Days Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal Dec 3-4, 2019 Ayako Ezaki, Nicola Koschel English Learn More
Facilitated 4 Weeks Online Jan 27 - Feb 21, 2020 Steve Noakes, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
Facilitated 4 Weeks Online Apr 20 - May 15, 2020 Steve Noakes, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
Facilitated 4 Weeks Online Jun 29 - Jul 24, 2020 Antje Martins, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
Facilitated 4 Weeks Online Oct 5 - Oct 30, 2020 Antje Martins, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More

*Registration for these courses is processed by the GSTC. For GSTC Organization members and partners, a discount is available to all staff members and can be used for an unlimited number of times.

*All the training options listed here cover the official STTP curriculum. By taking these training classes, participants will be able to complete the training requirements towards the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, and will have access to the STTP Exam following the training class.



Types of Training

Learn more about the training options available through the GSTC STTP, and find the best opportunity that matches your needs.



Our in-person training classes combine classroom sessions (trainer presentations, group discussions, exercises) and hands-on learning opportunities (guest presentations, live Q&A, field session), focused on practical insights into the GSTC Criteria, and tangible action steps to applying the Criteria.

We work with our partners and trainers to offer these training classes throughout the year in various locations around the world.

See a sample (3-day) training agenda.




Our online courses, scheduled quarterly each year, offer a convenient and cost-effective way to follow the official GSTC training curriculum from anywhere in the world. Delivered as facilitated 4-week courses, they combine self-paced learning, hands-on activities, and interactive components to enhance learning results.

The GSTC online courses are co-developed and hosted by TrainingAid, the STTP Program Partner.

Learn more about the 4-week course format.




From half-day introductory sessions to week-long extensive training, from tailored online courses to a ‘blended’ training programs, the GSTC STTP offers custom training options catering to the specific requirements of destination partners and industry organizations.

Interested in partnering with the GSTC to deliver a tailored training session in your destination, or for your organization?

See more information under the "Custom Training" section on this page.



GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

Demonstrate your knowledge in sustainable tourism and become a sustainable tourism champion.

Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

All training participants who complete a 3-day onsite STTP training class or a 4-week online STTP training class will have the opportunity to take the official STTP Exam, which is offered in an online and open-book format.

Upon successful completion, you are awarded with the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

Learn more about the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism (external link - GSTC website)



Custom Training

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.


Sustainable Tourism Training for Destinations

Download Brochure: Tailored Training Options for Destinations (PDF - 2 MB)


Sustainable Tourism Training for Businesses

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.

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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.



Get in Touch With Us

If you have questions or would like to partner with us to organize a training for your organization or destination, please contact Ayako Ezaki, at to discuss further details.

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What do other tourism industry professionals say about the PM4SD training program?

Graham Harper, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

An excellent programme run by well qualified professional staff and trainers. The guest speakers were world class and materials industry leading. A definite must for any tourism professional who is serious about making sustainable impacts for the betterment of our industry.

Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability and Social Responsibility, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)



Michelle Schönberger, Deutsche Bahn

Amazing learning experience. Exceeded my expectations by far. Excellently organized and facilitated. Great dynamics in discussions with course participants – so much to learn from. Highly valuable best practices and interactive modules really made the best learning experience I had until now! It really motivated and inspired me to continue on the road of global sustainable tourism.

Michelle Schönberger, Deutsche Bahn


Emil Selse, Visit Östergötland, Sweden

The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training gave me the tools and network to be able to work for a more sustainable tourism sector in the area where I’m based (South Sweden). The structure with the four principles makes it easy to follow and to discuss also outside the GSTC world. The examples from the other participants were great, and we will continue sharing good and bad examples from destinations all over the world.

Emil Selse, Visit Östergötland, Sweden


Pia Ametsbichler, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The GSTC training was a great first touch point for me into the world of sustainable tourism and destination management. I loved hearing case studies from around the world and real life examples on how the GSTC criteria can make a difference. The course has enabled me to start building on these criteria within my job.

Pia Ametsbichler, Director of Global Sales, Preferred Hotels & Resorts



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The training has enable me to go through all the GSTC Criteria thoroughly with better knowledge of sustainable tourism standard and practices. It will be useful as basic guidelines for the Foundation to use these Criteria, as the destination wants to embark in becoming a sustainable tourism destination, aiming to become GSTC-Certified.

Daniella Payet, Chairperson, Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation



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The STTP programme has been a good introduction to the principles of sustainable tourism. It was a good mix of presentations and cases of sustainable tourism in real-life, insights from experts from various countries and across tourism sectors and explanation of key GSTC criteria. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences and observations through discussion forums and presentations, which made the sessions more lively. The final exam is recommended for those who wish to test their ability to put these principles to practice. I highly recommend this course to tourism industry professionals wishing to incorporate sustainable tourism management at work.

Rajesh Nambiar, Executive Vice-President, Ottila International



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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



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My first impression was the organization, it was perfect regarding the admin efforts and the learning tools. The course materials were really useful, as well as the live sessions from which I gained a deep understanding and experience from the other participants. I really want to have the chance to thank all the team who was involved, and of course I would recommend people working in the tourism industry to join this course.

Maged Gendy, Senior Technical Advisor, Oman Ministry of Tourism



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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


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