Harold Goodwin is professor of responsible tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University and founding director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism. For the past 15 years, he has been at the forefront of efforts to make tourism more responsible, working with tour operators in the UK, as an originating market, and with communities and governments in destinations around the world. He drafted the Cape Town Declaration and co-chaired the first International Conference on Responsible Tourism in 2002, and subsequently in Kerala, Belize, Oman, Canada, Brazil, London, Barcelona, Manchester, Dublin, and Cape Town again in 2015. He wrote the original paper on tourism and poverty elimination for Britain’s Department for International Development and has worked in The Gambia on the implementation of pro-poor tourism initiatives, undertaken evaluations for the government of the Netherlands pro-poor tourism programmes and provided training and consultancy studies for UNWTO and the World Bank. He chairs the judges of World Responsible Tourism Awards and the advisory panel of the International Tourism Partnership of leading international hotels.
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