Dr Harold Goodwin has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is an Emeritus Professor and  Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and advisor to the World Travel Market on its Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London, which attracts 2000 participants each year, and WTM Africa and Latin America and Arabian Tavel mart. He chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Ireland.

Harold researches on tourism, local economic development and poverty reduction, conservation and responsible tourism working with the industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists. Harold also undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations.

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.


UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on Harold Goodwin’s contribution to Responsible Tourism link

A pen sketch from June 2011
“Goodwin, a professor of Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University, is a person who cannot be easily missed. He is a stocky teddy-bearish man with a square ruddy face adorned by a salt and pepper beard and fitted with twinkling blue eyes. Yet, he managed to remain nearly invisible right through the two-day symposium, intervening only at critical moments. ”I was here to listen to what you had to say and spread the word to the rest of the world…. ” R Ayyappan, Express News Service


Contact email harold(at)haroldgoodwin.info

Where will Harold be in the near future?
10-13 January The Gambia
18-25 January India
1-3 February Plymouth
6-14 February  Uganda
19-27 February Japan
15-20 March Orkney
4-22 April South Africa
23-27 April Dubai
6-13 May Wales (leave)
27-29 June Human Rights Roud Table, Frankfurt
2-8 July Kumarakom, Kerala  (research)
18th August Bird Fair Rutland
31 August – 02 September Arran
7-10 September Ludlow Food Festival
28-30 September Overtourism, Iceland
5-6 October Pembrokeshire Tourism Summit
25-27 October Dublin Conference on Coping with Success
6-8 November WTM, London
29 November – 2nd December India RT Awards
7 December – 15 December Belize RT Strategy

Responsible Tourism Events in 2017
4-6 April  WTM Latin America 

19-21 April WTM Africa
25-26 April  Arabian Travel Market
13th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations
Working symposium 29-30 September 2017 – University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
26th October 2017 Dublin Coping with success – facing the challenge of overtourism and redistributing tourism.
6-8 November WTM, London




Harold Goodwin