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, which included the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

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.


The 3rd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference was held on the 6th October 2016.

The theme of the conference was using tourism for local benefit.

The agenda, speaker profiles and attendees can be found here.

Speaker presentations, some open in powerpoint and some using dropbox if the file is large:

James Chilton - ICRT

Cathy Wolfe - Connemara Wild Escapes

Laura Dixon - Westport Smarter Travel

Ian Corbett - TUI UK & Ireland

Marta Cabral - Rota Vicentina Association

Harold Goodwin

Jenefer Bobbin - Justreport Global

Fiona Monaghan - Failte Ireland

Kate Taylor - Taylored Training

Mark Henry - Tourism Ireland



The 2nd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference was also the 9th in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series, the last two were held in Manchester & Barcelona.

The theme of this years conference was 'Achieving Change Through Responsible Tourism' which was explored through themes based around communities, destinations, transport, business and Responsible Tourism in practice.

The conference agenda can be found here

Speaker profiles here

List of those attending the conference here

Speaker presentations here:

Manda Brookman - Director, CoaST

Richard Tyler - Sustainable Tourism Manager, Brecon Beacons National Park

Annabel FitzGerald - Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce

Carol Gleeson - Manager, Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Mary Mulvey - CEO, Ecotourism Ireland

Eugene Garrihy - Dublin Bay Cruises/Doolin2Aran Ferries & Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Roisin Ni Ghairbhith - Green Schools Travel Officer, Co. Clare

Bernadette Connaghan - Marketing & Sales Manager, Mulranny Hotel

Caroline Warburton - National Strategy Delivery Coordinator, The Scottish Tourism Alliance

Paddy Mathews, Head of Innovation & Investment, Failte Ireland

Joanna Hayes - Cavan County Tourism Officer, This is Cavan!

Rina Garrett - Erris Beo

Harold Goodwin - Manchester Metropolitan University & The Responsible Tourism Partnership

Siobhan Burke - Marketing Coordinator, Living the Sheep's Head Way

Silva Dorang - Stadium Tours Manager, Aviva Stadium

Xavier Font - Director, Respondeco

Martin Carey - CEO, Mourne Heritage Trust

Cillian Murphy - Chairperson, Loop Head Tourism

Chris Corlett - Cultural Tourism Officer, Department of Arts Heritage & the Gaeltacht

Videos of presentations can be found on our YouTube channel under 'Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism'.


The first conference for the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism, the Irish Responsible Tourism Conference 2014, took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin 8 on 19th March 2014.

This one day conference, the first of its kind in Ireland, aimed to stimulate debate, and discussion around the concept of responsible tourism and to encourage collaboration.

The theme of this conference was 'What does responsible tourism have to offer Ireland?.

The conference agenda can be found here

Speaker profiles can be found here

The list of delegates and speakers at the conference can be found here

Presentations from the speakers can be found here:

Fiona Monaghan - Failte Ireland

Catherine Mack - Travel writer

Maurice Bergin - Green Hospitality Programme

Lorena Arias - Guinness Storehouse

Carol Gleeson - Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Cillian Murphy - Loop Head Tourism

Mary White - Blackstairs Ecotrails

Mary White - Talk text

Harold Goodwin - MMU & ICRT

Robert Cleverdon - Tourism Development International

Paddy Mathews - Failte Ireland

David Mac Nulty - Tourism Development International

Eanna Rowe - Waterways Ireland

James Chilton - Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism

James Chilton - Talk text