2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

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Winners of the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards Announced

DUBLIN, Oct 06, 2016: The winners of the prestigious 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards were announced today at an awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

The awards are a response to demand from the Irish trade for a new type of awards showcasing the best in Irish responsible tourism. The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards aim to inspire replication, to excite media interest, to encourage competition and celebration from across the tourism industry on the island of Ireland.

 

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The Irish Responsible Tourism Awards are part of a growing family of worldwide responsible tourism awards which are all linked to the World Responsible Tourism Awards, founded by responsibletravel.com. Winners of each of the categories will be longlisted for the World Responsible Tourism Awards – a great opportunity for the Irish trade to raise international awareness.

The shortlist for the awards, which attracted entries from almost every county in Ireland, was announced in early September following assessment by a panel of industry experts chaired by international responsible tourism expert Professor Harold Goodwin. The award categories and the winners of the Silver & Gold awards are:

Best for Natural Heritage Tourism

  • GOLD: Doolin Cave (Co. Clare)
  • SILVER: Burren Nature Sanctuary (Co. Galway)
  • SILVER: Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre (Co. Kerry)

Best for Accessible & Inclusive Tourism

  • GOLD: Gleneagle Hotel Group (Co. Kerry)
  • SILVER: Mobility Mojo

Best Local Authority Initiative for Responsible Tourism

  • GOLD: Lough Muckno – Monaghan County Council
  • SILVER: Westport Smarter Travel Bike Buffet – Mayo County Council

Best Tourism Accommodation for Local Sourcing

  • GOLD (joint): Sea View House (Co. Clare) and Fuchsia Lane Farm Holiday Cottages (Co. Tipperary)
  • SILVER: Hotel Doolin (Co. Clare)

Best Destination for Responsible Tourism

  • GOLD: Mulranny (Co. Mayo)
  • SILVER: Inishbofin Island (Co. Galway)
  • SILVER: Sheep’s Head Way (Co. Cork)

Best Innovation in Responsible Tourism

  • GOLD: The Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project (Co. Meath)
  • SILVER: Great Lighthouses of Ireland

Overall Winner: Mulranny (Co. Mayo)

Judges for the awards include:

  • Harold Goodwin (Chair of Judges)
  • Catherine Mack (responsibletravel.com)
  • Kevin Griffin (DIT tourism lecturer and former-EDEN awards judge)
  • Paddy Mathews (Fáilte Ireland)
  • Annabel Fitzgerald (Irish Water & formerly Coastal Programmes Manager An Taisce)
  • Mark Henry (Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland)
  • Cyril McAree (Managing Director, Hotel & Restaurant Times)

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

The awards took place at the 3nd Irish Responsible Tourism Conference organised by the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism. The Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism was established in 2013 to promote responsible tourism on the island of Ireland.

 

 

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