[themeum_title position=”center” title=”In cooperation with:” size=”14″]

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Green Destinations (GD) will jointly offer a Training Seminar 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!

Sykros Picture 2

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 specific training on Sustainable Destinations 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 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.

Throughout the training, field visits will be offered by the Municipality of Skyros, where Sustainable Tourism Good Practices will be introduced on destination management, ecotourism activities and cultural heritage initiatives, including the local goat festival demonstration.

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. 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%).