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Sustainable Destinations Training In Skyros, 20th-23rd of February 2019

Sustainable Destinations Training In Skyros, 20th-23rd of February 2019


The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Green Destinations (GD) will jointly offer a training class in February 2019, focusing on best practices in sustainable destination development and management. The Training Event will take place in Chora of Skyros Island, Greece. Skyros is among the TOP-100 Green Destinations for 2017 and 2018, while it is one of the winners in the 'Best of Top 100 Awards’ at ITB Berlin 2018! The Training Seminar Agenda is HERE!

The training program will include a general training focused on the GSTC Criteria for Destinations, 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.

Additional and more focus training will be offered by Green Destinations, a GSTC-Accredited certification program for destinations. 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. This training is especially beneficial to those who (are starting to) participate in the Green Destinations certification and awards program. Participants will be directly supported in the self-assessment (sustainability reporting) of their own destination.

Througout the offered training, field trips will be offered by the Muncipality of Skyros, where Sustainable Tourism Good Practices will be introduced on destination management, ecotourism activities and cultural heritage initiatives, including the local goat festival demostration.

Interested but already followed a GSTC STTP seminar? Please inquire for your options by mailing to i.pappas@green-evolution.eu. 

This Seminar is organized and delivered by GSTC Training Partner GREEN EVOLUTION SA under the auspices of the municipality of Skyros Island.

Opportunities for Industry Professionals

Offering 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:


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

Participants who complete this Training Seminar will be able to satisfy parts (steps 1 & 2) 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 (each CB may request additional evaluation for becoming Auditor and / or Advisor for their Standard). For all the required parts of becoming a “GSTC auditor” see here, in section 10 (Knowledge Qualification & Competencies, Skills Qualification & Competencies, Verification of Competencies). 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%). This seminar will focus in Destinations Criteria and Auditing, and especially for the case of GREEN DESTINATIONS Standard.


GSTC STTP Exam and Certificate

Those who complete the GSTC-Green Destination training, will qualify 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.