The International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) has a global reputation as the leading post-graduate training and research centre developing and promoting the concept of Responsible Tourism. Based in the UK, the ICRT has been instrumental in progressing the movement towards a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and responsible tourism industry through international research projects, policy development and industry partnerships.
Founded by Prof. Harold Goodwin in 2000, the ICRT traces its beginnings back to the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent, where in 1994, funding was received from ODA/DFID to undertake research on Tourism, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Over the years, the research evolved into a Master of Science program growing from the University of Kent to the University of Greenwich to its current location at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Over the years, the ICRT has developed ties to international responsible tourism movements, leading to the establishment of independent sister ICRT organizations in South Africa, West Africa, India, Germany, Belize, Canada and Australia.