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.

12 April 2021

What can we learn from Starbucks?

Back in the late 1990s a Masters student at the Durrell Insitute of Conservation and Ecology, where I was teaching, analysed the images in UK travel […]
6 April 2021

Learning from Africa

We can learn much about tourism in and from Africa – celebrating diversity and inclusiveness, growing the cake to create more value for neighbouring communities, living […]
30 March 2021

Thinking about ecotourism in the Gorilla Highlands

Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is fundamental to our existence as humans. Stories enable us to make sense of our world and to share our understanding […]
25 March 2021

Responsible Tourism and Slavery

Every year on 25 March is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor […]
21 March 2021

5 Reasons why Responsible Travel matters

Any kind of tourism can be responsible, or irresponsible. Travellers can be responsible or irresponsible. Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places for […]
16 March 2021

What have I learnt from lockdown?

I live in a small town on the old Roman Watling Street between London and Dover, rather closer to Dover than London. In March last year, […]
9 March 2021

Can tourism make peace with nature?

At first sight, this is an odd question. Nature, wildlife, pristine natural habitats, birds, coral reefs, whales & dolphins and the charismatic mega fauna like the […]
2 March 2021

This is the critical decade

For the last year, the pandemic has dominated the news. Understandably so, some of us have had Covid-19, most of us will have relatives, friends and […]
23 February 2021

Viruses: What’s in a name?

The 1918 flu pandemic was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. We remember it as the Spanish Flu because it was reported […]
16 February 2021

Living with pandemics

An H1N1 virus caused the last major pandemic with genes of avian origin. It was rampant 1918-1920, often referred to as Spanish Flu it was first […]
9 February 2021

United Kingdom tourism: Uncertainty reigns supreme

Covid-19 has demonstrated how dependent much of the tourism industry is on aviation. In Europe, many consumers have pivoted to take domestic trips. In theory, tourism […]
2 February 2021

Responsible Tourism is spreading across India

Over the last couple of weeks a high-level delegation from Madhya Pradesh in central India, led by the Minister of Tourism Ms Thakur, has been in […]
27 January 2021

Aviation is the Achilles heel of the travel and tourism industry

Outside of lockdowns in much of Europe, domestic tourism has enabled tourism businesses to survive. Tourism businesses are hurting, and increasing numbers are closing permanently.  International […]
21 January 2021

Mobile phones: selfies, trophies and managing tourism

In the old days with a box camera every photograph you took cost money, we were careful about how many photos we took. The film was […]
12 January 2021

In all humility

It is time for us humans to act with a little humility As 2021 dawned, and we entered this critical decade for our species to address […]
5 January 2021

Telling Stories

Many of us will recall being accused, as children, by frustrated and sometimes angry parents of “telling stories”, of making things up, of fibbing, a less […]
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