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RTD9 - Dublin, Ireland

RTD9 The 9th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

The 2015 Responsible Tourism Conference was held on 11th March 2015 at the Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.

This conference was the 9th in the Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series (RTD9) and was be co-chaired by James Chilton (Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism) and Professor Harold Goodwin (Manchester Metropolitan Univerisity and International Centre for Responsible Tourism).

The conference theme was  'Achieving Change' - there was a wide range of topics discussed including how to use responsible tourism for competitive marketing advantage, destination development, commmunity based tourism, visitor behaviour & perception, and business development - all allied to the idea that a responsible tourism approach can contribute to making better places to live in and to visit.


Responsible Tourism in Destinations

Conference theme: Achieving Change through Responsible Tourism

  • Following the success of our last conference in March 2014 the the 2015 conference was the  next in the international Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference series, giving both conference and speakers a higher international profile.
  • There were  many experienced international and national speakers for this full-day conference which will offer fascinating and insightful perspectives.
  • These included ways in which we can help achieve change through responsible tourism in destinations, communities, businesses, visitors and consumers through a responsible tourism approach, including creating competetive marketing advantage, contributing to conservation, destination development, enhancing communities and more.
  • The conference was hosted by the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism and co-chaired by James Chilton and international responsible tourism expert Professor Harold Goodwin.



  • Manda Brookman - Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project - CoaST, UK
  • Siobhán Burke - Living the Sheep's Head Way, Co. Cork
  • Martin Carey - Mourne Heritage Trust
  • Bernadette Connaghan - Mulranny Hotel, Co. Mayo
  • Chris Corlett - Department of Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht
  • Silva Dorang - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Annabel Fitzgerald - Coastal Programmes Manager, An Taisce, Dublin
  • Xavier Font - Leeds Metropolitan University, International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK
  • Rina Garret - Erris Tourism/Erris Beo, Co. Mayo
  • Eugene Garrihy - Dublin Bay Cruises/Doolin Ferry, Co. Clare & Dublin
  • Roisin Ni Ghairbhith – Green Schools Travel Officer, Co. Clare
  • Carol Gleeson - Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Co. Clare
  • Professor Harold Goodwin - Manchester Metropolitan University and International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK
  • Joanna Hayes - Cavan County Tourism Officer (This is Cavan!), Co. Cavan
  • Paddy Mathews - Brand Experience Manager, Failte Ireland, Dublin
  • Cillian Murphy - Loop Head Tourism
  • Mary Mulvey - Ecotourism Ireland
  • Richard Tyler - Sustainable Tourism Manager, Brecon Beacons National Park, UK
  • Caroline Warburton - The Scottish Tourism Alliance, Wild Scotland, UK


2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

The 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards werer be presented at the RTD9 conference on 11th March. What makes these awards different? Rather than just another long list of awards these will consist of a small and targeted number of awards highlighting the champions of responsible tourism.

The 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards were organised by the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism will be presented at the Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference.

At our first conference in March this year we asked the audience what they would like to see to drive the responsible tourism agenda in Ireland. Many recommended responsible tourism awards to celebrate achievements. We listened and have been hard at work since March - determining the best categories, forming a jury panel with expert knowledge of responsible tourism and forming an evaluation process that will be transparent, rigorous and ensure winners are worthy of the awards.

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