Irish Responsible Tourism Conferences

One of the aims of the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism is to raise awareness of responsible tourism & to celebrate the people, places, attractions and activities that make Ireland a better to live in and to visit.

We decided the best way to encourage this was to establish an annual conference - the first of these, ICRT14, took place in Dublin in March 2014.

ICRT15, which included the inaugral Irish Responsible Tourism Awards, took place on the 11th March 2015 and was also 9th in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series (RTD9).

ICRT16 took place on 6th October 2016, and included the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

ICRT17 takes place on the 26th October 2017 and is a joint conference with Failte Ireland discussing visitor management issues in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Details of previous conferences including agenda, speaker profiles, attendee list and speaker powerpoints can be found under the tab for each conference.

We would like to thank Failte Ireland for their ongoing and generous support for our conferences.

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  • Venue


    The conference venue is the Liffey Suite of the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

    The hotel is located next to Hueston Station in Dublin City Centre.

  • Programme

    Download agenda here.

    This full day conference will offer a range of perspectives regarding the issue of visitor management in destinations. Some destinations in Ireland are perceived as attracting too many visitors, with potential associated adverse impacts on local communities and environments. Other destinations appear to be attracting too few visitors leading to the potential for stagnation and reduced economic opportunities. How do we find the balance?

    The event will discuss:

    • How to Encourage Visitors to Your Destination - with local and national examples of encouraging responsible growth.
    • The Importance of Destination Management - how can we better manage tourism at a destination level with a net positive benefit.
    • Challenges of Success - an interactive panel discussion on how to cope with tourism growth.
    • The Visitor Management Response - what technicques can be used to balance tourism at a regional and local level?
  • Meet the speakers

    Speaker profiles can be downloaded here.

  • Transport and Accommodation


    Trains from across Ireland run to Connolly and Hueston stations. The hotel is a few minutes walk from Heuston and 10 minutes from Connolly by LUAS. The conference has been timed to facilitate access by train from Cork, Ennis, Clare and Belfast. The closest LUAS stop to the Ashling is at 'Museum' on the north side of the Liffey.


    There are a limited number of car parking available at the Ashling's underground carpark available for those attending the conference at 2.50/hour or 17.50/day. The hotel cannot reserve spaces and spaces are on a first come first served basis. Please travel by public transport if possible.

  • Registration

    Book online at our Eventbrite page to secure your place here.

    Due to space restrictions this is an invite only event. If you are keen to attend we urge you to register early.

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