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? 2018
Jan 25-6 Plymouth
Feb 8-17 Delhi, India RT Summit and India RT Awards
Feb 16-24 Belize
March 21-22 Finland
March 23-24 Leicester
March 29-April 26 South Africa & Dubai
May 5-14 Romania
May 22 Bristol
May 25 to 2 June Broad leave.
June 7 – 22nd Road Trip to Barcelona
September 6-9 Ludlow
October 5-12 Belize
November 5-7 WTM London

Responsible Tourism Events in 2018
April  3-5 WTM Latin America
April 18-20 WTM Africa
April 22-25 Arabian Travel Market 
November 5-7 WTM, London




Harold Goodwin