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 October 2021

We are “way off track” on emissions

In 2020 the amounts of CO2, methane and nitrous oxide rose by more than the annual average in the past 10 years. Greenhouse gas emissions are […]
20 October 2021

Hydrogen is the game-changer we badly need

As we approach COP26 it is only too evident that greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.  The July IPCC Report concluded that global carbon emissions needed […]
12 October 2021

At last, carbon labelling on flights

Two weeks ago, I wrote here about the greenwashing inherent in some labels and the problems associated with carbon offsetting. Consumers have resisted purchasing offsets. I […]
5 October 2021

Whose Responsibility is Tourism?

The aspiration is to make tourism better, but whose responsibility is it? Back in 2002, in the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, we […]
28 September 2021

Aviation is important to our sector. Are we serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

Last week I wrote about why consumers resist buying carbon offsets, as Camilla Cavendish pointed out in her column in the Financial Times, “it is much […]
22 September 2021

Why do consumers resist buying carbon offsets?

Last week I wrote about What’s in a label pointing to the greenwashing practised by so many and confusion caused by the plethora of claims. There […]
14 September 2021

What’s in a label?

The travel and tourism industry has generated a plethora of labels and certification schemes as businesses and destinations seek market advantage. Greenwashing is rife in the […]
1 September 2021

Travel and tourism needs to Get Nature Positive

Much attention, although not enough, has rightly been focused on COP26  in November. But, in October, COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity is taking place […]
25 August 2021

Extreme weather and tourism

Over the last year or so, meteorologists have linked climate change and extreme weather events more confidently and publicly. Weather is variable within a considerable range […]
17 August 2021

Vaccine equity matters to the travel and tourism industry

We have now passed 205 million cases of coronavirus worldwide and 4.3 million deaths, figures which probably understate the scale of the epidemic and which do […]
10 August 2021

Having failed to mitigate we must now also adapt to climate change

This report has been a long time coming, too long. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been very careful not to exaggerate the scientific […]
3 August 2021

Tall Poppy Syndrome is a major problem for Responsible Tourism

There is some sage advice, too often ignored: “don’t let the pursuit of the perfect drive out the good.”  Too many businesses and destinations choose not […]
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 […]
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