Sustainable Tourism Training


Green Dreams for the Planet (GDP) is the training partner for India for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation.

GDP will on a regular basis conduct GSTC's,  'Sustainable Tourism Training Programme' (STTP), in India. 

By completing this training, participants will get a 'Certificate of Completion'. They will then be eligible to take the exam to earn the GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, which is offered in an online and open-book format and available for one month following the date of training class completion. Those who achieve a 75% pass mark on the STTP Exam will receive a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism. This Certificate is for individuals who have demonstrated the required level of knowledge, and is not equivalent to or in any way related to a business or a destination becoming certified by a GSTC-Accredited certifying body.

Please note that the exam fee (US$75 per person) is not included in the above training class registration fee. For more information, please see this FAQs section

Details of the 


2 Day Sustainable Tourism Training by the GSTC – for groups on request.
The STTP can be conducted for professional, academic, trainer or auditor groups who are interested. Details below;

The two-day intensive and interactive training program is designed for travel and tourism industry professionals interested in learning about sustainability best practices for businesses and destinations. The training covers tourism as a tool for sustainable development, sustainability best practices and the GSTC Criteria, the world’s leading standard for tourism sustainability, as well as key topics such as global trends in sustainable tourism, sustainability marketing, and sustainable tourism product development and management. This training is organised by the GSTC with the support of the Green Dreams for the Planet, who is its training partner in India. 

At the end of the training, a 'Certificate of Completion' will be give to all who have completed the two day training. This certificate will then make the participant eligible to earn The 'GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism' after they take and pass the online examination. Please note that the exam fee (US$75 per person) is not included in the above training class registration fee. Participants will have to register separately for the exam. For more information, please see this FAQs section


The training is conducted by CB Ramkumar, Board Member of the GSTC and Chair of the Education & Training Working Group of the GSTC. Ram is also the Country Head for India and the Regional Representative for South Asia. 

Ram is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and an entrepreneur, and is passionate about sustainability and has over the years acquired application knowledge in sustainable living concepts. His book on sustainability called Green Dreams has been launched in India.

Ram developed a model for sustainable living when he built the first 100% eco resort. Over the last decade, he has extended his expertise to sustainable living – sustainable food, sustainable health, sustainable marketing & branding, etc. Ram is also a Certified Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Corps. 

More details about Ram are available on


Interested in this training?

Please write to u using the form below or write to CBRamkumar@GreenDreams.Vision


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