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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.

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 […]
6 April 2021

Why post-Brexit has embarrassed the EU over the vaccine roll out

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5 April 2021

Building a sustainable future for European travel

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30 March 2021

Thinking about ecotourism in the Gorilla Highlands

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30 March 2021

Covid-19 shows why united action is needed for more robust international health architecture

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25 March 2021

Responsible Tourism and Slavery

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23 March 2021

Enhancing the tourism ecosystem for the coming years

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21 March 2021

5 Reasons why Responsible Travel matters

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16 March 2021

What have I learnt from lockdown?

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12 March 2021

Is the right to travel still a human right?

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12 March 2021

Beautifying Addis Ababa as an Urban Tourism Site

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9 March 2021

Can tourism make peace with nature?

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5 March 2021

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2 March 2021

Optimism and hope as we build back better

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2 March 2021

This is the critical decade

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16 February 2021

Living with pandemics

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