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GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program

Practical insights and effective steps to improve your sustainability practices

October 25-26 | 9am - 5pm | Grand View Ballroom | Lionshead Village | Vail, Colorado

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On the heels of Vail's announcement as the first certified sustainable destination in the United States and the first Mountain IDEAL certified sustainable destination in the world we are excited to announce Walking Mountains Sustainability and Town of Vail are partnering to host a two-day Global Sustainable Tourism Council "Sustainable Tourism Training Program" and Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.

Covering global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices, the STTP offers practical insights and effective steps to help improve sustainability practices. The aim being to strengthen awareness of sustainable tourism in destinations like Vail, and around the world.

The intensive and interactive training experience is a valuable opportunity for tourism professionals in the region and beyond, and it will be the last chance in 2018 to attend an official GSTC STTP training class offered within the United States. The Vail training will be led by GSTC trainer and Walking Mountains Founder & Vice-President Dr. Kim Langmaid.

The Two-Day Intensive Course Will Provide:

  • Practical insights and effective steps to help improve sustainability practices.
  • A unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the GSTC criteria that led to Vail’s certification as a sustainable destination.
  • Global baseline standards for sustainability in travel & tourism and the roles of accreditation and certification in advancing the sustainability agenda in the tourism industry.
What's Included:
  • As part of your registration, you will receive a Certificate of Completion confirming your attendance in the class.

  • Certificate in Sustainable Tourism: You will receive a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism if you pass the official STTP exam. After completion of the class participants will receive additional information on taking the exam. 


Early Bird rates available until September 28th

  • Early Bird Member (GSTC Member/Partner or *Actively Green Member) = $335
  • Early Bird Non-Member = $375

Regular rates available until October 23:

  • Member (GSTC Member/Partner or Actively Green Member) = $345
  • Non-Member = $385
Additional Option: 
  • Exam and Certificate = $75 (this fee will be collected after the class upon registration for the exam. You will receive a GSTC Certificate in Sustainable Tourism that will printed and mailed to you if you successfully complete the exam).

*Note: Actively Green members are those who have made their annual payment for the program to Walking Mountains within the last 12 months. Actively Green certification is not required.


Application for Need-Based Discounts for GSTC Sustainable Training Classes:

There are STTP need-based discounts available to (a) Students who are currently enrolled in a university or college and are pursuing a degree in a field relevant to sustainable tourism, or (b) Professionals who demonstrate genuine needs (e.g. micro-enterprises, small local community organizations, those based in an emerging destination). 

The discount value is 40% off the regular registration rate as published on each training class registration form. 
Click here for more information on STTP scholarship requests and to fill out the application. 


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About the GSTC Trainer Dr. Kim Langmaid  

Dr. Kim Langmaid is the Founder and Vice President of Sustainability Programs at Walking Mountains Science Center in Colorado’s Vail Valley. Kim played a lead role in the creation of the Actively Green GSTC “recognized” industry standard, the Mountain IDEAL GSTC “recognized” destination standard, and assisting Vail, Colorado in becoming the first certified sustainable destination in the United States.

Kim has been involved with sustainable tourism, climate action planning, collaborative conservation, sustainability education, and NGO leadership and management for over two decades. She has partnered with local governments, tourism organizations, and over 100 businesses to accomplish sustainability results. In addition to her roles at Walking Mountains, Kim teaches in the Sustainability Studies program at Colorado Mountain College, serves on the Vail Town Council, and on the Colorado Tourism Office’s Destination Development Committee.

Kim began her career as a wilderness guide and interpretive naturalist and has served in a wide variety of education and facilitation capacities since then. She is passionate about empowering others to take an active role in sustainable tourism and is excited to offer the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program through Walking Mountains Science Center and other partners in the United States.