The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offered a number of 2- and 3-day intensive and interactive onsite training classes focused on the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and engaged tourism industry professionals around the world through expert presentations and discussions on sustainable tourism best practices for businesses and destinations.
The STTP, begining in 2017, offered online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Ecuador
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

Sector of activity

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date

End date

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Roi Ariel

General Manager

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

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To help increase knowledge and practice of sustainable tourism among tourism industry professionals by providing practical insights and effective steps for tourism businesses and destinations to improve sustainability practices.


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Output level

Training for SCP

  • GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training in Bangkok, Thailand
  • First GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training in Hong Kong
  • GSTC Training: Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation Develops Destination Action Plan
  • GSTC Training: Sustainable Tourism Training in Athens, Greece
  • GSTC Training: Sustainable Tourism Training in Washington DC, USA
  • GSTC Training: Sustainable Tourism Training in Taiwan
  • GSTC Training Partner ETTC Delivers Another STTP Class in Hong Kong
  • The Chelenko Destination prepares to offer more sustainable tourism with a GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training and Destination Assessment
  • Sustainable Tourism Training Program - 2017 Online Courses
  • Sustainable Tourism Training in Bangkok, Thailand, March 2018
  • Sustainable Tourism Training Program - 2018 Online Courses
  • GSTC Training in Pattaya, Thailand with Mae Fah Luang University
  • GSTC Training in Vail, CO, USA with Walking Mountains Science Center
  • GSTC Training in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia with MarkPlus Center for Tourism and Hospitality
  • GSTC Training Report: Sustainable Tourism Training by the Botswana Tourism Organization

Impact and Results

In 2017, we took an important step to expand the reach of STTP; adding online training class options, which has allowed for more participants, including those in locations where onsite training classes are not yet available, to take advantage of the training opportunity.

In addition, we’ve offered need-based discounts, granting significantly discounted access to the training program for those who demonstrate genuine need, for example, tourism professionals from Least Developed Countries.

As part of the GSTC’s efforts to support and contribute to the goals of IY2017, the STTP kick-started the year with the goal of training 300 industry professionals in sustainable tourism standards, helping them implement sustainability best practices within their own companies and destinations.

We are proud to share that working with our international team of trainers and partners, we have met and exceeded this goal. Throughout the year, the STTP offered 18 training sessions (3 online courses and 15 face-to-face classes) around the world, attended by a total of over 400 tourism industry professionals from 54 countries.

Next steps and how to get involved

So where do we go from here?

We are keeping up the momentum we’ve achieved in 2017, and continuing with a year-round calendar of online and face-to-face training classes around the world.

We have already announced the following training classes that are currently open for registration:

Face-to-Face Classes:
Feb 27 – March 1, 2018: Tel Aviv, Israel
March 26-28, 2018: Bangkok, Thailand
Online Courses
April 2-27, 2018: Online (2018 Q2)
July 2-27, 2018: Online (2018 Q3)
Oct 15 – Nov 9, 2018: Online (2018 Q4)
In addition, the following are some of the additional training classes to be announced shortly (dates to be confirmed):

June 2018: Washington DC, USA
June 2018: Hong Kong and Taiwan
October 2018: Macau
We are also looking to diversify learning opportunities, e.g. focusing more deeply on specific topics and issues, offering tailored group training options, and exploring training formats that best support our goals.

So, whether you were part of the STTP in 2017 or earlier, or you’re interested in joining one of our training classes in 2018, we want to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch to share your ideas and suggestions, so we can work together with you to improve our training program in 2018.

Email: training [at] and follow our social media updates with #GSTCtraining!