Responsible Tourism.

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.

24 May 2023

Are regulators catching up on greenwashing?

The travel and tourism sector can reasonably claim parental responsibility for the concept of greenwashing. Initially, the concept was coined by  New York environmentalist Jay Westerveld, […]
17 May 2023

India is developing tourism in mission mode

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has understood the potential of tourism to create employment and committed the government of India to “Developing Tourism in Mission Mode” […]
10 May 2023

Why Tulah is a good example of regenerative tourism at scale

I wrote last week about regenerative tourism, best understood as making places better, better for the environment, better for people to live. Regenerative tourism requires that […]
8 May 2023

How tourism can be part of the solution to climate change

Amidst the European Tourism Day, the Network of European Regions for Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR) organised a thematic workshop in Brussels on scaling-out regenerative tourism […]
8 May 2023

Ghent launches campaign for visually and hearing impaired tourists

The city of Ghent has launched a tourist itinerary for hearing and visually impaired visitors, as reported by Belgian news outlet VRT. The campaign includes special […]
4 May 2023

Applications now open for the ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards 2023’

Applications for this year’s Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Awards are now open. The overall theme of this edition is “Smart Tourism – Smart Destinations”, encompassing […]
4 May 2023

Why short-term rentals are another missed opportunity

Short-term Rental (STR) has assumed, throughout Europe, but with particular emphasis in Portugal, a very relevant role in the reconstruction and recovery of the historic centres […]
2 May 2023

What’s new about regenerative tourism?

There is a buzz around regenerative tourism. It is undeniably a good thing.  If only more tourism was regenerative. Regenerative, net-positive, nature positive are all forms […]
25 April 2023

Whitewashing overtourism

Last Friday, TimeOut reported on eleven “travel destinations that want tourists to stay away.” They reported: “Mass tourism is back, but these spots are fighting against […]
18 April 2023

Travellers faced with dilemma of affordability or sustainability

Travellers are increasingly facing a dilemma where they feel potentially forced to choose between cutting costs and being more mindful about making more sustainable travel choices, […]
14 April 2023

African safaris so overcrowded that animals are being run over

When the word ‘overtourism’ is used, many of us might picture overcrowded European cities or island destinations. Venice has started charging day trippers and banning cruise […]
6 April 2023

Japan imposes tourism cap in the Iriomote island to protect native wild cat

The Iriomote island, located in the Okinawa prefecture, will restrict the number of tourists to 1,200 per day. 1. Protecting biodiversity The Japanese island of Iriomote […]
6 April 2023

Visit Czechia launches sustainable travel campaign

The Czech Tourism Authority has launched a campaign focused on sustainability in the Czech Republic, aiming to promote sustainable and responsible tourism practices and to raise […]
16 March 2023

Local communities on stage at ITB Berlin 2023

After four years, ITB Berlin returned in person and on the Green Stage, for the Sustainable Destination Track, it did it by going back to the […]
14 March 2023

Towards a code of conduct on data sharing in European Tourism

Twenty organizations representing the European travel and tourism sector have agreed to sign a Code of Conduct on data sharing in the tourism sector. The non-binding […]
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 […]
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