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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The Irish Responsible Tourism Awards will not be taking place in 2017.

The next awards will take place in March 2018 and will be open for entries in Autumn 2017.

The 2017 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference will still take place in October with exciting details to be released soon!

The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference & Awards took place on 6th October 2016 in Dublin. Details of the agenda, speakers, attendees and presentations can be found at ICRT16 under the conferences tab.

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