GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

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STTP Tourism Training

Invest in Your Sustainability Skills. Boost Your Performance.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) sustainable tourism training 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 (3-day) training classes and facilitated 4-week online courses.


Course ID Course Type Course Length Course Dates Trainer(s) Language Register
STTP-2107 Online 4 Weeks July 8 – August 6, 2021 Antje Martens, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
STTP-2109-S Online 4 Weeks Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2021 Jorge Moller, Leonardo Latorre Melin, Natalia Naranjo Spanish Learn More
STTP-2110 Online 4 Weeks October 14 – November 12, 2021 Antje Martens, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
STTP-2201 Online 4 Weeks January 20 – February 18, 2022 David Ermen, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
STTP-2203 Online 4 Weeks March 10 – April 8, 2022 Antje Martens, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
STTP-2205 Online 4 Weeks May 5 – June 3, 2022 Antje Martens, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More
STTP-2207 Online 4 Weeks June 30 – July 29, 2022 David Ermen, Ayako Ezaki English Learn More


*Registration for these courses is processed by the GSTC (or in some cases, through a GSTC training partner). Group discounts available for groups of 5+: please contact for details.



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 Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism

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

Professional 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 Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism by the GSTC to demonstrate your knowledge of sustainable tourism standards and practices.

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


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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 GSTC training program?

Samuel Wille

I highly recommend the course to anyone interested to explore or deepen sustainability in tourism. It gives a great overview on all dimensions and how to tackle them hands-on. Course management and content are both at the highest level! Thanks!

Samuel Wille, Manager Strategic Partnership, Switzerland Tourism Organization


The GSTC course has helped me to consolidate the basis of sustainability opening my mind by teaching me different ways to approach tourism industry and destination from a sustainable point of view. It’s very rich to share ideas with people from all over the world. An excellent organization, I highly recommend it to anyone with curiosity about how to improve in the sustainable tourism industry.

Gemma Llobet, Sustainable Tourism Programme, Barcelona Tourism Board


Benoit Sauvage

The overall learning experience was great! The internet platform, videos and resources are are very well explanatory and the weekly live sessions perfectly illustrate all criteria.”

Benoit Sauvage, CEO, Connect DMC


The course was so informative and presented in an engaging & interesting way. The examples & speakers gave us a lot to think about and many tangible ways that we can make a difference in our travel business. Thank you!

Alex Musgrave, Owner, Impact Escapes


This course has given me an approach to the GSTC Criteria, where the basic and complete structure to move forward on sustainable paths is visualized. The reflections generated through real examples, discussions and available material are key to better internalize what sustainability means. Ideas applicable to our business and our work area appear during the course that contribute positively to one’s reality. I will recommend this course, for its contribution to the objective, honest and constructive understanding of what sustainability is.

Agustin Landeta, Owner, Zenit Travel


I found this online course well structured and enjoyable. The trainers are really inspiring, extremely knowledgeable about the field and very supportive. The live online sessions give a great introduction to key topics, and there are online lessons, discussion forums and reference material to deepen knowledge. I feel like I have access to so much wisdom, and it is great to be part of a global community of sustainable tourism practitioners.

Caroline Sprod, Owner, Solar Branco Eco Estate


Thank you GSTC for such a great course. The content was relevant, the case studies were inspiring and the course structure was spot on! I can’t wait to take my learnings and inspiration and activate it across regional destinations in Australia. Keep up the great work.

Linda Tillman, Managing Director, Tilma Group


Tarryn Smith

The [GSTC course] has been a remarkable learning experience and a great introduction to sustainable tourism. The combination of online resources, discussion forums, weekly live events with guest presenters provides a deeper understanding and useful tools in sustainable tourism. The trainers have incredible expertise in both tourism and sustainability and share their knowledge and passion about current sustainability practices. I would highly recommend this course to everyone involved in the tourism industry or have a interest in sustainable tourism.

Tarryn Smith, Africa Rewind


Julie North

This is a one-of-a-kind course that provides the tools in getting you started. Not to mention, you’re also collaborating with people and organizations across the globe facing similar challenges. The feedback from fellow students was invaluable and honestly, what better way to tackle some big challenges related to the environment than with people from different countries and backgrounds. I’d take this course again just for those connections!

Julie North, Compass & Globe Travel


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



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.

We hope that this guide will help you engage your employers in a conversation about how the course will support your professional development goals, and how strengthening your sustainability skills leads to improved performance.