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 is about maximising the benfits from tourism and minimising negative impacts. This approach emphasises that all stakeholders in tourism are responsible for the kind of tourism they wish to develop or engage in - including visitors, local communities, businesses and government.

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.

This site provides information on:

  • Irish Responsible Tourism Conferences & Awards that took places in 2014, 2015 & 2016,
  • Advice & Guidance - for visitors, businesses, destinations & policymakers in Ireland,
  • Responsible tourism businesses in Ireland - celebrating those that are making a difference.

The Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism also acts as a tourism planning consultancy working with local partners and with communities, businesses and local authorities in Ireland & overseas. If you have a project you would like to discuss please contact us.


The 2017 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference took place on the 26th October in Dublin. This conference 'The Visitor Management Challenge - Getting the Balance Right' was a joint event with Failte Ireland.

Details of this and previous conferences and awards can be found under the conferences tab.

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