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Harold Goodwin (2011)
Goodfellow Publishers
The book is now published and you can purchase a copy in hardback or paperback, or the whole book and individual chapters electronically from the publisher’s website

There is a forum for discussing the ideas in the book

You can use the code GOODWEB to get a 15% discount on the list price at link

This is a vitally important book for academics, practitioners and policy makers. It eschews some of the formality of conventional academic publishing in order to strengthen and clarify the arguments about the concept of taking responsibility for tourism and its effects. The author uses his vast experience in this area to good effect, making a powerful argument about the ways in which we should manage and develop tourism and deal with this powerful force.

This volume represents a powerful and articulate argument about the issues resulting from tourism’s expansion into all parts of the world and presents a strong case about how we might manage the challenges which result from this development. It should be mandatory reading for all those interested in, studying, and producing policy relating to tourism development. It draws on the author’s vast experience in studying the effects of tourism on environments and peoples and expresses clearly his challenging views on appropriate management procedures.
Richard Butler, Professor Emeritus, Strathclyde Business School, Strathclyde University

Krippendorf and now Goodwin are the architects of modern responsible tourism. A challenging and inspiring read that defines the agenda for the next decade.
Justin Francis CEO,

Harold Goodwin’s book is a much-needed piece of research that goes to the heart of the development of what has become known as responsible tourism. It combines solid research and academic precision with the fluency and persuasion that make it an enlightening and absorbing read – of interest to the travelling public and research student alike. That an increasing number of specialist travel companies now place such responsibility as an automatic part of the commercial process is, in no short measure, due to Goodwin’s thinking.
”’Richard Hearn, Chair (2005-6), Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).
Founder director, Inntravel, Founder director, Village Ways”’

In principle, the need for all stakeholders to adopt a more responsible approach to tourism is undeniable; in practice, however, the concept of responsible tourism remains highly contested. In this book, Harold Goodwin, who for many years has been at the vanguard of the responsible tourism movement, charts a clear path through the debate. Writing coherently, passionately and, at times, controversially, he presents a powerful argument in support in the case for responsible tourism, explaining its evolution, principles and objectives before exploring its practical implementation. The book is, therefore, a ‘must read’ for anyone with an interest in the responsible tourism debate and, more importantly, an interest in the future of tourism itself.
Richard Sharpley, Professor of Tourism & Development,University of Central Lancashire

Harold Goodwin takes us on a travelogue of a change agent who stumbled into an issue by following his delight in visitingforeign places and then learning about the complexity of the industryand what it means to take responsibility by being part of it. This fascinating story will be of interest to anyone who goes on holiday and cares about living responsibly. This humane book is also profoundly relevant to any industry, activity or academic discipline concerned about practical wisdom (what Aristotle called phronesis), the sociallyuseful knowledge that helps us live sustainably on this beautiful planet.
Titus Alexander, Author and Head of Policy and Research, NovasScarman Group

Taking Responsibility for Tourism is about the globally vital necessity of realising sustainable tourism. It is a hugely important challenge to those who organise and sell travel and tourism, and those who consume it.
Taking Responsibility for Tourism is not a book about a niche product; major trade associations and large and small tour operators are committing to the objectives of responsible tourism and shouldering their responsibilities.

This powerful new handbook is the most authoritative contemporary overview of the key issues that are critical for the progress of responsible tourism and is written by one of the leading thinkers and
change-makers in the field. It applies the broader concept of responsibility to travel and tourism, and
looks at how it relates to sustainable business and the business case for responsibility. Beginning with a discussion of responsibility and sustainability, the process by which it has become established in the industry is analysed from the key perspectives of responsible tourism in practice, socially and economically responsible tourism, environmental responsibility, ecotourism and conservation. This text is for managers and professionals at all levels in the tourism business. It will also be essential for policy makers and others responsible for strategic thinking in the wide range of sectors that relate to travel and tourism, and it should be read by all serious students of tourism who need to understand where the industry they may want to join must go in the future.


Professor Harold Goodwin, associate director of the ICRT – Australia

About the Author

Harold Goodwin has been at the heart of the movement for Responsible Tourism for the last fifteen years campaigning and working with the industry and governments to develop better forms of tourism in the UK and around the world. Harold is Professor of Responsible Tourism Management and a Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University where he teaches and supervises research. He works with governments and intergovernmental organisations, including UNWTO and UNEP, on governance, tourism and local economic development and poverty reduction. He chairs the judges for the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards and advises ABTA and World Travel Market on Responsible Tourism.