Welcome to the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism

The Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) is part of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism collaborative network - developing and promoting Responsible Tourism worldwide.

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Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism is about creating more meaningful experiences for travellers - connecting them to the distinctive local culture and natural beauty of host communities around the world.  It is also about ensuring those communities hosting travellers benefit from tourism through skills development, job creation and life opportunities - all while protecting and conserving local natural and cultural heritage. 

Responsible Tourism can be regarded as a behaviour. It is more than a form of tourism as it represents an approach to engaging with tourism, be that as a tourist, a businesslocals at a destination or any other tourism stakeholder. It is about maximising the benfits from tourism and minimising the impacts.

Importantly this approach emphasises that all stakeholders are responsible for the kind of tourism they develop or engage in.

The aim of the ICRT, both within Ireland and around the world, is to help make better places for people to live in, and to visit.

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2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & Awards will be taking place on the 6th October 2016. This conference, sponsored by Failte Ireland, is also the 13th in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series attracting international interest, participants & media coverage.

We are delighted to announce that Hotel & Restaurant Times will our media partner for 2016.

Register your place on eventbrite here

The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards will take place during the conference. The awards attracted huge interest last year, with over 450 nominations from every county in Ireland. The awards use the same rigourous judging process as the World Responsible Tourism Awards & Irish Gold winners will be longlisted for the world awards - three of our Gold winners collected world awards at the 2015 World Travel Market, with international media attention. These were Loop Head, Cnoc Suain and Connemara Wild Escapes.

Entries are now closed - thanks to all who entered.

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