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The ICRT is the website for Responsible Tourism Practitioners  in business, government, NGOs, conservation and heritage. The ICRT brings together all those who support the Principles of the Cape Town Declaration, there are sister organisations in a number of countries and others pursuing the idea of using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. There  is a postgraduate Masters in Responsible Tourism Management which is taught in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Metropolitan University with ~100 blended learning students pursuing our MSc in Responsible Tourism Management and ten doctoral students.

MSc RTM AdvertThe ICRT is for Responsible Tourism. Our work focuses on the principles of the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, we work in originating markets and destinations around the world, to harness tourism to make “better places for people to live in and for people to visit.” We work with governments, tour operators and accommodation providers to realise the aspirations of the Responsible Tourism Movement in which we have played a major part since 1997.

Our aspiration is to be a critical friend, raising issues but working together to find solutions, we seek to encourage and enable people to take responsibility for making the changes necessary to make tourism more sustainable. We research the issues around the sustainability of tourism and advocate solutions based on research and scholarly activity. We believe that evidence and clear thinking matters. Read more.

Responsible Tourism Practitioners is a Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and registered in the UK. Its directors are John de Vial, Xavier Font, Harold Goodwin and Caroline Warburton.