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.

29 June 2022

“Incomers” second homes and inequality in Wales

In 1979, the first referendum on devolution for Wales was lost, with those wanting a Welsh Assembly securing only 20% of the vote. Within a year […]
21 June 2022

Britain has become an offshore island of Europe

My trip to Finland for the 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations was my first visit to Europe since the UK chose to Brexit. […]
14 June 2022

Reaching for the future in Helsinki

Last week I was in Helsinki, Finland, I was invited to speak at the opening of the 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, the […]
8 June 2022

It is time to apply for a 2022 Responsible Tourism Award

If you are a business or destination and you have taken responsibility to make tourism better in a way that fits one of this year’s categories […]
31 May 2022

Looking at carbon emissions beyond the silo

Too often the travel and tourism industry fails to look beyond the sector, beyond the silo, we all have a natural tendency to self-reference. There is […]
24 May 2022

Biofuels cannot meet the demand for aviation fuel

On the 14th of May, the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, announced plans for a net zero transatlantic flight by the end […]
19 May 2022

Transparency Matters: progress at last

Later this year, we shall mark the 20th anniversary of the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism in Destinations. The conference, held alongside the World Summit […]
11 May 2022

The good and the bad of Telling Stories

Telling stories is good and bad, desirable and deplorable. We will start with the bad. Greenwashing is bad story telling. When we accuse a child of […]
3 May 2022

Yet more evidence that consumers want sustainable travel

Expedia has just released its latest Sustainable Travel Study based on a survey of 11,000 travellers from 11 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. […]
27 April 2022

Fog in the Channel: Continent Cut Off

Variously reported as a newspaper headline or a weather forecaster’s comment. It is almost certainly apocryphal. It persists and has currency because it is funny and […]
19 April 2022

Zero carbon hire cars available in Tenerife

SEAFUEL is an Interreg Atlantic Area programme developing and demonstrating the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for local transport and contributing to the EU’s green […]
13 April 2022

A holiday with heart

Yesterday Grootbos was awarded one of the coveted Judges’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Responsible Tourism. Ruth Crichton received the award for Grootbos alongside Glynn O’Leary […]
5 April 2022

Resilience: Domestic Tourism Matters

Covid has stopped us travelling and holidaying for many months over the last two years, but whenever lockdowns were eased, we have been able to travel […]
30 March 2022

This abdication of leadership is criminal, warns António Guterres UN Secretary General

In the last few months there have been two important IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports dealing with the causes and impacts of climate change. […]
22 March 2022

P&O Ferries have summarily sacked 800 workers

In a three-minute video call on Thursday 17th, 800 staff were told that it was their “final day of employment”. DP World, owners of P&O Ferries, […]
15 March 2022

War in Ukraine – travel and tourism responds

Like most of us, I have run out of words to describe what is happening in Ukraine and what I feel about it. All of us? […]
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