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Irish Responsible Tourism News #9


2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference

The 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference, our 2nd conference was held at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin on the 11th March. With 19 speakers and 120 people in the room the event reinforced the growing interest in and awareness of responsible tourism. Powerpoint presentations for the event from each of the speakers are available on our website at under 'Irish Responsible Tourism Conference 2015'. Videos of each of the presentations are available on our YouTube channel under Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism. There will be a 3rd conference in 2016. We'd like to thank again our sponsors, Fáilte Ireland, without whom the conference would not have taken place this year.

2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

The first all-Ireland responsible tourism awards took place after the conference. The awards attracted huge interest with 450 nominations from every county in Ireland! Again this shows the great and growing interest in this approach to tourism. Ireland has shown that it can compete on the world stage, with the expert judging panel blown away with the high standard of entries. Winners of two of the categories, Best Destination and Best Cultural Heritage Attraction, have been automatically shortlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards are a success which will be built upon, with planning underway for the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The list of Gold and Silver award winners can be found here. Read what international responsible tourism expert, chair of the judging panel for the world awards and of this years Irish awards judging panel, Professor Harold Goodwin had to say about the Irish awards here.

World Responsible Tourism Awards - Nominations open until 20th April - enter now.

The World Responsible Tourism Awards take place each November at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London - this expo event has over 50,000 people attending each day. The world awards take place on World Responsible Tourism Day and are a part of the wide range of events and talks related to responsible tourism held as part of WTM. Ireland has shown that many businesses with a responsible tourism approach are world class. Act now and enter your business or one that you think deserves to win. Enter here:

EDEN Award for Tourism & Local Gastronomy - enter your destination now

Fáilte Ireland are inviting entries for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) award competition which is focussing on local gastronomy. The destination must have developed a specific local tourism offering based on food which has a responsible tourism approach. Eligible destinations will be those where visitor numbers are low, where the tourism product has been developed using local and regional food experiences as an asset and where the tourism offer is managed so as to ensure social cultural and environmental sustainability. Full competition details and Application Form are available HERE or email or contact the local regional tourism office for more information. The closing date for entries is Wednesday April 8th 2015

The corrolary of responsible tourism is irresponsible tourism and a facebook page has been established to raise awareness of issues and to highlight examples of poor practice, green-washing and just downright bad businesses and behaviour. See for examples. Do you have any examples of greenwashing or bad practice in Ireland that you would like highlighted here?

Help the Mourne Heritage Trust and sign their petition...
The NI Environment Agency is planning to cut the budget for the Mourne AONB which could have disastrous consequences for tourism and recreation. Help save their funding and sign their petition here.

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