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.

21 March 2023

Net Zero by 2050 is dangerous, really dangerous

Yesterday the IPCC Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report was published. That’s right, the sixth. The seventh will not be published until after 2030. Scanning […]
14 March 2023

Kerala leads the way on sustainability certification

Kerala has understood the weaknesses of existing certification schemes and they have developed a better approach.  The purpose of consumer-facing certification is presumably to assure the […]
7 March 2023

Kerala adopts the 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter

In 2008 Dr Venu, then Secretary of Tourism, hosted the 2nd International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations. There was conserabel disquiet in the backwater villages […]
1 March 2023

Balancing on a ‘doom loop’

I am in India encouraging governments and tourism business to take responsibility and make tourism better. I was at Amity University in Uttar Pradesh last week […]
15 February 2023

Kerala to host First Global Summit on Responsible Tourism in February

Kerala will be hosting the first Global Summit on Responsible Tourism on 25-27 February 2023. Responsible Tourism arrived in Kerala in 2008 when Dr Venu, the […]
8 February 2023

Why Sustainable Tourism failed

John Swarbrooke is widely recognised as having written the textbook on Sustainable Tourism Management. Published in 1998, it was widely used in colleges and universities, informing […]
31 January 2023

Is Community-based tourism the Holy Grail of sustainable tourism?

If you put “Community-based tourism” into Google, it will return 310,000 results in 0.37 seconds. It is an enduring concept, popular with academics, research students and […]
24 January 2023

Weeva is a game-changer in sustainability

Weeva presents itself as a digital system for managing sustainability. Born in April 2020, as the safari industry in Africa crumbled in the face of Covid-19, […]
18 January 2023

Can tourism have positive impacts beyond employment and profit?

Tramps and hobos travel from place to place and stay away overnight, but they are not tourists; they are not temporarily staying away from home; they […]
8 January 2023

What is our generation’s responsibility?

What do we owe the future? In 1950 there were 2.5 billion of us on our planet, with the population growing at close to 20% per […]
4 January 2023

Is metaverse Tuvalu’s future?

Europe has experienced heatwaves and drought, storms and flooding, and in low-lying coastal areas, there are emerging plans for managed retreat and limited but very expensive […]
27 December 2022

Despite COP15 nature positive matters

I, for one, was very disappointed by the outcome of COP15. It was all too similar to the results of COP27. Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible […]
20 December 2022

Debt & Climate Change: Our children’s inheritance

Critics of government spending argue that when one generation pays for current expenditure on health, welfare and education by borrowing, we are shifting the cost to […]
14 December 2022

Can Travel & Tourism industry contribute to reversing biodiversity extinction?

Two years ago, the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published  Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, which reported that natural habitats have continued to disappear, vast numbers of […]
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 […]
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