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.

27 July 2021

E-volunteering: A positive response to Covid-19

“Peopleandplaces” pioneered responsible volunteering abroad, benefitting local communities in the developing world with skills shared by people with proven skills. They have never provided classroom teachers, […]
20 July 2021

What future for aviation?

Last week Travel Tomorrow carried a piece arguing that more taxation is the not the way to make aviation more sustainable arguing that the industry does […]
13 July 2021

Taking responsibility has commercial value

WTM, London has launched a Platform for Change to facilitate the sharing of solutions to the diverse challenges of sustainability. The Responsible Tourism agenda is broad […]
6 July 2021

Time for Change

Way back at the end of the last century it was evident that sustainable tourism was failing to deliver, there was too much greenwashing and not […]
29 June 2021

Stand out from the crowd for market advantage

Apply for a WTM Responsible Tourism Award, which this year has gone global. I am delighted that António Buscardini, Founder & CEO of Travel Tomorrow, will […]
22 June 2021

Consumers are demanding more Responsible Tourism

Each year Booking.com undertakes a very large scale survey of consumers in multiple source markets, 29,000+ travellers across 30 countries and territories. Their 2021 Sustainable Travel […]
15 June 2021

Brexit causes staff shortages and pay rises in UK hospitality

I was one of those accused of scaremongering for suggesting that restricting entry to the UK might create labour shortages, and let me say clearly that […]
8 June 2021

June 23rd is World Female Ranger Day

Holly Budge has climbed Everest, raised over £400,000 for charities and describes herself as a “a badass adventurer with a couple of world records under her […]
1 June 2021

Learning to live with Covid and Climate Change

Over the last twelve months, we have made some progress in learning to live with Covid with vaccinations and better treatments, new social protocols and vaccine […]
25 May 2021

Geotourist, the app which enables you to present and explain your places to the world

A tourism industry failure led to Geotourist. Shaon Talukder is the founder and now CEO of Geotourist. Travelling in Australia he had planned to join a […]
18 May 2021

Barcelona launches new app to enable visitors to avoid congestion

Last week Turisme de Barcelona, in collaboration with Barcelona’s City Hall, launched Check Barcelona. Barcelona has long marketed an extensive range of activities and experiences and […]
11 May 2021

An Inconvenient Truth: Net-zero is a dangerous trap

The film An Inconvenient Truth  was released in 2006 – there have been false hopes in our attempts to reduce the risks and impacts of climate […]
10 May 2021

If not now, when?

Just last month the US President Joe Biden asserted that this is the  “decisive decade” for tackling climate change. In his opening address, he said, “Scientists […]
4 May 2021

Revenge travel and the hunt for responsible tourists

There is presently much chatter about “revenge travel” as the industry anticipates a post-lockdown boom in travel, although the world is far from post-Covid. The concept […]
27 April 2021

Decarbonising Aviation: further delay will be very expensive

The growth in tourism since 1950 has been facilitated by paid annual holidays and by aviation. Those who live in holiday areas have often suffered from […]
20 April 2021

Global Responsible Tourism Awards Launched

Since their launch in 2004 at WTM London, the World Responsible Tourism Awards have grown in prestige. Every year, remarkable new examples of responsible businesses and […]
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