Monday 26 September 2016

Irish Responsible Tourism Awards to promote 'better way to travel'

'Tourism for local benefit'

Published 15/09/2016 | 01:00

Kayaking on Lough Muckno, Monaghan
Kayaking on Lough Muckno, Monaghan
2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Award-winners
Great Lighthouses of Ireland: Fanad Head, Co. Donegal. Photo/Copyright: Andy McInroy

A shortlist of finalists has been announced for the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

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The awards, which celebrate businesses using tourism to benefit local communities, economies and the environment, take place on October 6th.

Best Destination for Responsible Tourism:

  • Mulranny, Co. Mayo
  • Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway
  • Sheep’s Head Way, Co. Cork

Best for Accessible & Inclusive Tourism:

  • Mobility Mojo, Dublin
  • Gleneagle Hotel Group, Co. Kerry

Best for Natural Heritage Tourism:

  • Doolin Cave, Co. Clare
  • Burren Nature Sanctuary, Co. Galway
  • Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre, Co. Kerry

Best Innovation in Responsible Tourism:

  • Great Lighthouses of Ireland
  • Blackfriary Community Heritage & Archaeology Project, Co. Meath

Best Local Authority Initiative for Responsible Tourism:

  • Westport Smarter Travel Bike Buffet, Mayo County Council
  •  Lough Muckno, Monaghan County Council

Best Tourism Accommodation for Local Sourcing:

  • Fuchsia Lane Farm Holiday Cottages, Co. Tipperary
  • Hotel Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Seaview B&B, Co. Clare

The shortlisted finalists were selected by a jury of industry experts, with the winners to be announced at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Dublin's Golden Lane on October 6th.

Speakers at the conference, the theme for which is 'Using Tourism for Local Benefit', include a range of experts from Ireland, Portugal and the UK.

2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Award-winners
2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Award-winners

"Responsible Tourism is firstly about making better places for people to live and secondly about making better places to visit," said James Chilton, director of the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT).

"The priority is using tourism to make better places for local communities.”

“A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream," added Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Investment & Innovation, Paddy Matthews.

"And so it should. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors.”

Conference tickets cost €95 and can be booked here or at icrt.ie.

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