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International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality


The International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality (ICRTH) was first planned by the Sarawak Research Society (SRS) in 2019 under the Centre for Responsible Borneo (REBORN) mission with the aim to advance the discourse on responsible tourism for sustainable development. It is purposefully designed as an avenue to facilitate networking and harness partnership.


But due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020 and the uncertainty it created, the initial plan for ICRTH2020 in August 2020 was postponed. With the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Sarawak, ICRTH2021 was held on 27-28 May 2021. Aligning with the issues pertaining to COVID-19 and the resolve of tourism stakeholders to recover and rebuild tourism industry, ICRTH adopted the theme “Rebuilding Tourism for the Future through Sustainable Development” to commence its maiden edition in 2021.


ICRTH is a professional conference that brings different minds together, including governments, practitioners, academicians, researchers, and local community. Even though it is a new conference, it has received significant attention from the local and global communities.


To serve as a meeting of minds and an avenue for tourism and hospitality stakeholders (ministries, government agencies, academic institutions, business organisations, associations, practitioners and community members) to share their research outputs, experiences, and best practices related to responsible tourism and hospitality. on.

To advance and advocate sustainability in tourism and hospitality through the lens of responsible tourism by mobilising knowledge into practice unto the realisation of sustainable development goals in the local contexts..

To facilitate dialogues and networking among tourism stakeholders as equal partners and harness effective collaborations across agencies, fields, and countries for a greater cause during and beyond the event.

To enhance the delegates’ experience and connection to Sarawak or the host destination through the event organisation, design, programs, excursion and fieldwork, thus promoting the host destination as part of the responsible tourism network.

ICRTH HandBook

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