ICRT Barcelona & Catalunya

The Xarxa de Turisme Responsable is a network of groups and individuals that seeks to drive forward the responsible tourism agenda forward from a focal point in Barcelona.

The network is also known as ICRT Barcelona, since it is endorsed as a “sister ICRT” to the International Centre for Responsible Tourism.

The aim of the network is to bring together those agents who want to take action to make tourism more sustainable.

Although the hub of this network is in Barcelona, the Xarxa (network) involves active individuals from other parts of Catalonia, Spain and the Mediterranean. It internationally connected via the global ICRT network (Australia, Belize, South Africa, Canada, Germany, Kerala, West Africa, Cambodia, Norway, Ireland…), which links us to the most developed field of expertise in responsible tourism.

Our local-to-global connections are also relevant because, in addition to supporting a large inbound tourism industry, Barcelona and its hinterland represents a source market for significant numbers of tourists going to other destinations around the world: responsible tourism is something we do (or fail to do) at both home and abroad.

RTD7–the 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations: Barcelona-Catalunyaleft its international visitors to Barcelona and L’Estartit-Torroella de Montgri satisfied, happy and looking forward to RTD8.  It also left a group of tourism professionals more committed to achieving greater sustainability in their sector and the places in which they affect outcomes for tourism. 

The images on this page tell a good part of the story of this year’s conference.  More images and videos are available via the RTD7 Flickr, Facebook and YouTube channels.  Many of the presentations and talks can be also downloaded as pdf documents from the conference programme page.  Read other sections of the website to get a feel for what happened, the content and the conversations had.

The Conference Field Trip was a really special addition to this year’s conference, thanks to the efforts of Josep Capellà and colleagues, particularly our hosts in Torroella de Montgrí and L’Estartit. A full report of the conference and the declaration can be found on the RTD7 website.

One of the legacies of the RTD7 Conference was the the first Catalan Responsible Tourism Awards seek to recognise and reward, demonstrating to others that better tourism is possible.