STEP offered in Wyoming by the Yellowstone Business Partnership and Sustainable Travel International
By: Anna Holden
Yellowstone Business Partnership
for Mountain West News
Oct. 31, 2012
Are you an entrepreneur in the sustainability industry? A hospitality professional in the tourism sector? A federal/state public lands recreational site manager? Are you interested in sustainable tourism best practices?
If you can answer "yes" to any of the above questions, you are a candidate to participate in a six-day, hands-on educational experience designed to advance best practices in sustainable tourism hosted by the Yellowstone Business Partnership and Sustainable Travel International.
The training will take place from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2 at the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming.
Thanks to a generous grant from USDA Rural Development, Montana Office, the Yellowstone Business Partnership is collaborating with Sustainable Travel International to co-host up to 30 tourism and sustainability professionals, sustainability consultants, professional and aspiring auditors, and environmental planners and managers.
What is the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP)
This specially designed Assessor and Consultant Training provides participants with in-depth information about the Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) program and its eco-certification standard, including best practices and case studies that demonstrate the return on investment associated with sustainable operations. This professional course includes three days of technical training followed by a three-day hands-on site assessment. By the end of the course, attendees will be fluent in the navigation and implementation of the entire STEP program.
Participants who successfully complete the course will become STEP-Accredited Assessors, affording them the opportunity to provide consulting services or certify travel and tourism businesses.
The addition of new STEP-Accredited Assessors in your region will increase local capacity for sustainable tourism development. Also, accredited assessors/auditors can reduce third-party certification costs for businesses, reducing significantly the travel-related expenses typically associated with these audits.
How To Register
Simply access the YBP online form by clicking here.
Anna Holden is the communications coordinator for the Yellowstone Business Partnership.