GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

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STTP Tourism Training

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.


A partnership between TrainingAid and the GSTC
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An initiative contributing to the
10YFP Sustainable Tourism


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 GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Online Courses

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.

Upcoming GSTC sustainable tourism training online courses:




STTP-2018Q2 April 2-27, 2018

Early-bird registration fees (available through February 21st, 2018):

  • US$ 445 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 395 per person (GSTC Member)

After February 21st, 2018:

  • US$ 495 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 445 per person (GSTC Member)

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STTP-2018Q3 July 2-27, 2018

Early-bird registration fees (available through May 25th, 2018):

  • US$ 445 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 395 per person (GSTC Member)

After May 25th, 2018:

  • US$ 495 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 445 per person (GSTC Member)

Register Now

STTP-2018Q4 Oct 15 - Nov 9, 2018

Early-bird registration fees (available through September 5th, 2018):

  • US$ 445 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 395 per person (GSTC Member)

After September 5th, 2018:

  • US$ 495 per person (Regular)
  • US$ 445 per person (GSTC Member)

Register Now

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

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Tailored 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.

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



Deby Stabler

"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




Fui Cheung

"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.




Snjezana Derviskadic

"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




Mami Futagami

"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