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Sustainable Destination Training In Thessaloniki, February 2019

Sustainable Destination Training In Thessaloniki, February 2019 The training program will include a 2-day training focused on the GSTC Criteria for Destinations (February 19th and 20th), the global baseline standard for sustainability in travel and tourism. Based on the curriculum of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP), the GSTC training will be led by Dr. Ioannis Pappas, GSTC Trainer and Program Director for the Mediterranean Region, and delivered through the GSTC Training Partner Green Evolution SA.

The second part of the training will be a 2-day training by Green Destinations, a GSTC-Accredited certification program for destination organizations. The Green Destinations training, to be led by Albert Salman, helps industry professionals to progress in making destinations more sustainable, and to become engaged in destination certification and award programs.

After the end of the two Training Parts, a visit will be offered to a Greek Destination where Sustainable Tourism Good Practices are developed.  

Opportunities for Industry Professionals

Offering an in-depth insights into the GSTC Destination Criteria and practical details related to the Green Destinations certification program, this training is particularly relevant to destination managers, government officials and other professionals involved in sustainable destination management and marketing.

The following are key benefits and additional opportunities available to training participants:

GSTC STTP Exam and Certificate

Those who complete the GSTC-Green Destination training will quality for the (optional) GSTC STTP exam, and upon successfully passing the exam, receive the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. *The exam registration fee (US$75 per person) is not included in the training class registration fee, and can be paid separately by individual training participants online via this registration form.

Destination Sustainability Coordinator

This training is recommended for destination representatives who seek to play the role of a "Sustainability Coordinator" or "Destination Manager", which is a key aspect of achieving certification by a GSTC-accredited certification body.

Auditors for Sustainable Tourism Certification

Professionals who complete this training will be able to satisfy a part (step 1 or 3) of the training requirements towards becoming a "GSTC auditor". A "GSTC Auditor", in this context, refers to an auditor who operates within the framework of the GSTC’s accreditation scheme to offer auditing services for any certification body (CB) that is GSTC Accredited. Required steps include: (1) completing official GSTC training on the GSTC Criteria; (2) completing a technical auditor training focused on auditing techniques in sustainable tourism; (3) passing the GSTC STTP exam (minimum required score: 85%).