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  • 15 nominees in 6 categories
  • Awards take place during 3rd responsible tourism conference
Repsonsible toruism prize winners 2015.

Repsonsible toruism prize winners 2015.

The shortlist has been announced for the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on Dublin’s Golden Lane on October 6th alongside the third Irish Responsible Tourism conference the theme for which is ‘Using Tourism for Local Benefit. The finalists in six categories are:

Best Destination for Responsible Tourism:

  • Mulranny, Co. Mayo
  • Inishbofin Community Services Programme, 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
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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

 

James Chilton, director of the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism said: “Responsible Tourism is firstly about making better places for people to live and secondly about making better places to visit. The priority is using tourism to make better places for local communities.

Paddy Matthews Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Investment & Innovation said: A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors.”

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

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