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Irish Responsible Tourism News #6


Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference comes to Ireland!

We are delighted to announce that our 2nd Responsible Tourism conference will be held on the 11th March 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Golden Lane in Dublin - the same venue as our sold-out conference in March this year.

Responsible Tourism in Destinations Conference
11th March 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin

Save the date in your diary now!

This conference will now be RTD9 in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series and will be co-chaired by James Chilton (Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism) and Professor Harold Goodwin (Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism).

This full day event will see a wide range of national and international speakers, all industry leaders, discussing topics around the theme of 'Achieving Change'.

Earlybird Registration is now open on Eventbrite - book now to ensure you get a discounted place.

More details on the website here.

2015 Responsible Tourism Awards

The 2015 Responsible Tourism Awards will be presented at the RTD9 conference on 11th March.

What makes these awards different? Developed in response to audience feedback from our last conference, the 2015 Responsible Tourism Awards will consist of a small and targeted number of awards highlighting the champions of responsible tourism in Ireland.

The awards will include:
  • Best Tour Operator for Responsible Tourism
  • Best Small Hotel or Accommodation for Responsible Tourism
  • Best Transport Initiative for Responsible Tourism
  • Best in a Marine or Coastal Environment
  • Best Destination for Responsible Tourism
  • Best Cultural Heritage Attraction
  • Best Local Food Initiative
  • Best Adventure Activity Provider for Responsible Tourism
The 2015 Responsible Tourism Awards will inspire replication, excite media interest, and encourage competition and celebration from across the tourism industry on the island of Ireland - these will be all-Ireland awards!

The awards will be licensed by the World Responsible Tourism Awards that take place annually on World Responsible Tourism Day at London’s World Travel Market, with significant press coverage.

The awards criteria will be strict and will be overseen and judged by the chair and organiser of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. Crucially winners of award categories which match categories of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards will automatically be entered into the shortlist for world awards - this represents a fantastic opportunity for the Irish tourism sector to gain significant international exposure!

More information about the awards is available on our website at

To nominate please send an email to Nominations will open on 15th October and close on 15th November 2014.

Burren Geopark and Cavan Town make longlist for World Responsible Tourism Awards

The longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards includes over 200 nominations for awards. Irish nominees that made the longlist, from which judges will compile a shortlist, include Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark for Best Destination; and Cavan Town for Best for People with Disabilities. The awards take place at the World Travel Market in London on the 5th November. WTM have announced the programme for this years responsible tourism programme, from 3-6 November, here.

Challenging Irresponsible Behaviour

The theme of our second conference in March 2015 will be Achieving Change - how do we get individuals and organisations to change their approach to tourism. A recent Australian research paper The Attitude – Behaviour Gap in Sustainable Tourism found that excuses people came up with for ignoring the environmental consequences of their behaviour, including a denial of responsibility and control while on holiday. How we challenge this and some of the issues of behavioural change will be considered at the conference.

Sustainable Destination Report

Totem Tourism have released their latest Sustainable Destination Report which includes hundreds of real life examples of green successes from all over the world; advantages for destinations, sustainable destination certification: our top 10 destinations, carbon neutral destinations, ethical destinations, destination indicators, green destinations, community destinations, global certified green destinations, pilot sustainable destinations and destination winners. The report outlines a number of common themes successful destinations employ to ensure that they continue to be successful and sustainable destinations.

Responsible Whale-watching have issued a 2 minute guide to whale-watching


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