Harold Goodwin.


Dr Harold Goodwin has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is a Professor Emeritus and  Responsible Tourism Director at the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and adviser to the World Travel Market on its Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London, which attracts 4000 participants each year, and WTM Africa and Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. He chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Latin America. Harold founded the ICRTD series of International Conferences on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in 2002, he co-chairs the conferences with the local host organisation. He is also Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism which he founded in 2002 and which promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration.

6 December 2022

Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Tourism

Rarely does tourism benefit from extreme weather. The ski industry requires dependable snowfall. The American campaign group Protect our Winters was founded in 2007 to provide a […]
1 December 2022

Changing the world one bottle at a time

Not all plastics are bad. The challenge is to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics and plastic waste and ensure that it can be recycled when […]
22 November 2022

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief someone else will save it

Robert Swan is the first person to walk to the North and South Poles. The moratorium on mining in Antarctica designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, […]
15 November 2022

The 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter signed on Magna Carta Island

On Sunday 6th November an updated Responsible Tourism Charter was signed where, in 1215, King John signed the Magna Carta Island*. The venue was secured for […]
1 November 2022

Responsible Tourism at World Travel Market, London

For the last few years the World Travel Market (WTM), London has emerged as the largest annual Responsible Tourism event with an extensive programme of panels […]
25 October 2022

Why science-based targets matter

At the World Travel Market (WTM), London, on December 7th we shall recognise this year’s Global Responsible Tourism Award winners. It is heartening that we have […]
18 October 2022

The Global Responsible Tourism Awards to take place on November 7th

The annual cycle of Responsible Tourism Awards will conclude on November 7th with the announcement of the Global Award winners at WTM, London. Three sets of […]
11 October 2022

Why throwing starfish into the ocean is important

I was reminded of the Starfish Story by a recent post by Sarah Habsburg recounting a lesson from a seven year old. Times are tough, there […]
4 October 2022

Leveraging the Taj Hotels brand for sustainability

The India Hotels Company, better known as Taj Hotels, won a Gold Award in this year’s ICRT India Awards presented at Bhopal last month. The judges […]
28 September 2022

The first five-star hotel in Asia to be awarded Ecotel

Responsibility requires people. People to take responsibility and make change happen. People to drive sustainability. We can only achieve sustainability by people stepping up to the […]
21 September 2022

Do we really need to rethink tourism?

Next Tuesday, World Tourism Day will be celebrated from Indonesia, “putting people and planet first and bringing everyone from governments and businesses to local communities together […]
13 September 2022
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India is now the world’s leading Responsible Tourism Destination

It was in 2008 that at Cochin in Kerala the 2nd International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations was held. Kerala adopted Responsible Tourism to address […]
6 September 2022

Madhya Pradesh has embraced Responsible Tourism

Madhya Pradesh, in Hindi Central Province, is the second largest Indian state by area and the fifth largest state by population with over 72 million residents […]
30 August 2022

Kerala offers a diverse and rich range of experiences for travellers

Today’s travellers are looking for a rich ‘smorgasbord’ of experiences of the nature and cultures of the places they travel to and holiday in. They look for […]
24 August 2022
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People and places are under pressure – and they are fighting back

Tourism is a polluting industry like most others. The shorthand is overtourism, defined as occurring in “destinations where hosts or guests, locals or visitors feel that […]
16 August 2022
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Why is climate change a tragedy of the commons

We have known about the chemistry and physics of human-induced climate change since the end of the 19th century. In 1896, a Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius, […]
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