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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.

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 […]
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 […]
29 December 2020

We need to take the stories we tell seriously, they embody power

It is through stories that we make sense of the world. We use stories to understand our lives and those of others. Anthropologists tell us that […]
22 December 2020

Governance Matters

Back in 1623 the poet and Church of England cleric John Donne wrote in his Devotions upon Emergent Occasions “No man is an Island, entire of itself; every […]
15 December 2020

Is hydrogen the future for aviation?

As we see and experience the impact of climate change – flooding, storms, wildfires and drought – awareness of the consequences of climate change grows. The […]
8 December 2020

Stories matter

Stories, myths and legends can be true or false, they can be used for good or evil. In this age of social media and people skulking […]
23 November 2020

Virtual Travel – Virtuous?

There has been much talk about how Covid-19 has accelerated changes in the way people work, in business travel and driving development and growth in online […]
17 November 2020

Tourism for Good

In this year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards, we sought to recognise those businesses and organisations which had stepped up to take responsibility as the pandemic stopped […]
10 November 2020

Can we make tourism better?

The Covid-19 pandemic has paused the inexorable growth in domestic and international tourism facilitated by fossil fuels and increasing prosperity. The pause has created an opportunity […]
6 November 2020

Travelling during Covid-19 pandemic – what are the current rules?

Valerijus Ostrovskis is the CoFounder and Partner of ACQUIS EU Law and Policy With Europe facing a new spike of Covid-19 infections, accompanied by a second […]
5 November 2020

Make your travel matter!

In these challenging times we must all play our part – stay at home! The new England wide lockdown begins on Thursday 5 November. If you […]
3 November 2020

75 Years of United Nations: Cooperation and trust as important as ever

The United Nations, of which UNWTO is a part, was established to promote peace among nations and allow us to work together to build a better […]
2 November 2020

Inclusive Employment in Hospitality

Four years ago Lemon Tree Hotels won Gold in the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM, London for their commitment to barrier-free employment – they were […]
27 October 2020

Time for change: flying is not the problem, dirty fuel is

Like other sectors of the economy, travel and tourism is slowly weaning itself off fossil fuels which emit the greenhouse gasses which are warming our climate. […]
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