Twenty years of sustainable tourism development for destinations worldwide

Twenty years of sustainable tourism development for destinations worldwide

Helping tourism businesses innovate and stimulate the visitor economy

Helping tourism businesses innovate and stimulate the visitor economy

Welcome to Acorn Tourism Consulting

What We Do

Inspiration

  1. Clifton Suspension Bridge Balloon Festival
    Our reputation in the field of tourism statistics and measuring the economic impact of tourism is unparalleled. We are experts in the development of systems of tourism statistics, compilation of tourism satellite accounts and natural capital accounting, as well as measuring the local economic impact of tourism. Our ATOM forecasting model and T-Stats tourism tracking system are two products we have developed and installed in destinations across the globe.
  2. Scuba diver in the Caribbean
    We plan and develop tourism products and experiences that are financially and environmentally sustainable. Acorn’s in-depth understanding of niche visitor markets ensures we can help you differentiate yourself from your competitors by creating innovative market-led experiences. We can provide options appraisals, feasibility studies, business planning and capacity building to support your product development process.
  3. Butcher's window
    In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, it is essential to have a strong brand and a marketing campaign that clearly promotes your values and resonates with your target audience. Acorn builds destination brands and content marketing strategies. We deliver digital marketing campaigns, build national tourism websites and create inspiring content. Working with travel influencers we can do social media takeovers. We can also monitor your brand awareness and the effectiveness of your promotional campaigns.
  4. Aerial beach umbrellas
    We can help you work out where you want to go and how to get there. Acorn uses a well-defined strategic planning process to establish how you can become a more competitive and sustainable destination or tourism business. Our approach is collaborative, engaging widely with your stakeholders, creating a joint vision and co-developing an Action Plan that can be implemented with the available financial resources and workforce.
  5. Woman leaning out of train window
    We offer expert qualitative and quantitative tourism market research, including face-to-face and online surveys, focus groups, bulletin boards, and business and stakeholder consultations. We maintain and update vast databases of research that include niche market and destination profiles, inbound and outbound tourist flows, and industry trends. This allows us to commentate, predict and forecast with insight, intelligence and confidence.
  6. Couple of high rock in Norway
    T-Stats is our online tourism tracking system for destinations. We understand that every destination is different, so T-Stats is tailor-made to allow you to track whatever is important, from accommodation occupancy, through to visits to attractions, footfall, attendance at events and even the weather. Bringing all this together into one easy-to-use database provides information for assessing the effectiveness of marketing activities, attracting investors, assisting funding applications or simply getting to know your destination better.
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Acorn Tourism Consulting has:

Inspiration

  1. Successfully completed
    302
    projects
  2. Enjoyed working with
    157
    clients
  3. Delivered projects in
    82
    countries
  4. Served the sector for
    21
    years

Where We Work

Number of results: 273

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  1. Address

    Tanzania, Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors, IFC

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    32000

    Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors, IFC,

    Strategic plan for the development of tourism in Zanzibar that would assist it to overcome three critical barriers: the supply of goods - in particular foods, training and education, and improvement in services and utilities.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

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    5000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    To monitor the tourism sector and enable regular and up-to-date reporting of visitor arrivals, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2011 to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system for the Islands.

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    Worldwide

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    5000

    This practical guide was aimed at supporting SMEs in developing countries to compete effectively in the European tourism market for cultural tourism.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

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    52000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Implemented a Digital Marketing Strategy for the Falkland Islands Tourist Board with the overall aim of increasing awareness of the Falklands as a holiday destination. Individual tasks included email marketing through newsletters, Facebook…

  5. Address

    Worldwide, CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre

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    5000

    CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed study into Community-base tourism (CBT) was required to support SMEs and local communities to prepare their tourism product for the European market.

  6. Address

    Borough of Camden, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

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    12000

    London Borough of Camden,

    Study to investigate potential opportunities that Camden could pursue during the period prior to and during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, identifying key strategic opportunities relating to 2012 that would have an impact on promoting Camden.

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    South East, United Kingdom, National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, Tourism South East

    Telephone

    25000

    National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, Tourism South East,

    Interpretative Heritage Trails and maps were developed for Lullingstone Roman Villa, Parham Park and Petworth. These sustainable tourism itineraries encouraged visitors to explore the wider area, spreading the benefits of tourism spend to local…

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    Tuvalu, South Pacific Tourism Organisation

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    35000

    South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

    Study commissioned by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation to undertake visitor surveys in Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, and compile comprehensive reports of the findings.

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    Guyana, Guyana Tourism Authority, Guyana Ministry of Tourism, IADB

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    200000

    Guyana Tourism Authority, Guyana Ministry of Tourism, IADB,

    Acorn led an international team to create a national tourism brand for Guyana and a ten-year Marketing Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy is underpinned by extensive market research in North America, South America, the Caribbean, UK and mainland…

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    Scotland, United Kingdom, VisitScotland

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    16000

    VisitScotland,

    Study to undertake market research into horse riding and horse racing in Scotland, and to develop a market profile for each that would include clear guidelines on developing, marketing and promoting each segment.

  11. Address

    Surrey, United Kingdom, National Trust

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    15000

    National Trust,

    Acorn provided market-led options for the development of the house at Leith Hill, a National Trust estate in Surrey, as part of a Conservation Management Plan led by associates ACTA.

  12. Address

    City and County of Swansea, United Kingdom, Skyline Luge

    Telephone

    12000

    Skyline Luge,

    Market and feasibility assessment of a luge, zipwire and restaurant leisure development in Swansea. Included a demand assessment, survey of local residents, assessment of local attractions and accommodation, and current trends in visitor…

  13. Address

    London Bridge, United Kingdom, Northern Tourism Growth Fund

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    12000

    Northern Tourism Growth Fund,

    Consumer research to assess the effectiveness of exhibitions within the City Information Centre that focused on destinations in the North of England. Face-to-face interviews were held with visitors as they departed the CIC.

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    Albania, UNDP

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    25000

    UNDP,

    This project was commissioned to put in place a system for the collection of monthly accommodation statistics to measure the performance of the accommodation sector, the collection of visitor-related data to better understand tourists travelling to…

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    Worldwide, Mintel

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    2500

    Mintel,

    Specialist niche market report on Fishing Tourism that summarised the differing types of fishing; who goes fishing and where they fish; profiled the leading fishing tour operators and provided an analysis of the sector’s future.

  16. Address

    Saudi Arabia, Private Client

    Telephone

    76000

    Private Client,

    Business study to assess the viability of a tour operating company that would focus on the international umrah market for inbound travel to Saudi Arabia.

  17. Address

    Africa, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    Niche market report that examines the state of adventure tourism around the world and in Africa, the emerging and main destinations for adventure tourism in Africa, profiles of the adventure tourist, and the future for adventure tourism in Africa to…

  18. Address

    London, United Kingdom, English Heritage

    Telephone

    20000

    English Heritage,

    English Heritage required a Conservation Plan for Eltham Palace and Gardens. Acorn consulted local schools, colleges and societies to establish options for the future use of the gardens that complemented the site’s medieval and Art Deco heritage.

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    Essex, United Kingdom, Visit Kent, Visit Essex

    Telephone

    43000

    Visit Kent, Visit Essex,

    Visit Kent and Visit Essex needed to determine the unique identity and core values of Medway and Southend. Working with our placemaking associates thinkingplace, extensive stakeholder engagement informed our place narrative and action plans.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Tourism East Sussex

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    30000

    Tourism East Sussex,

    This study was commissioned to provide a greater understanding of the potential of Visitor Payback Schemes and how they might be implemented in East Sussex. Whilst the study assessed the potential for a scheme at Seven Sisters Country Park, the…

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Featured Projects

Inspiration

  1. Colombia tourist routes community based ecotourism
    We worked with three very different rural communities, all with exceptional biodiversity and all of which had been severely affected by the conflict in Colombia. Together with E3 Group in Colombia and RHS Kew Gardens, we developed tourist routes that promote forest protection and peacebuilding through community-based ecotourism.
    1. 1 Oct 201931 Oct 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  2. Responding to COVID-19: Impact on Tourism in Jordan
    Developed a model for projecting visitor arrivals and expenditure to Jordan, the Middle East and worldwide over the period to 2030. Scenarios for the development of the pandemic were then applied to identify impacts on visitor arrivals, expenditure, gross direct tourism value added, and employment.
    1. 1 Mar 20201 Jun 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  3. Bristol Market Research Clifton Suspension Bridge
    Bristol Future Parks was part of a two-year national Future Parks Accelerator scheme to enable Bristol City Council to transform their green spaces and become financially sustainable. Assessments of 10 pilot parks and best practice case studies informed a strategic roadmap for the way forward.
    1. 1 Apr 202031 Aug 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  4. Lincoln Cathedral, UK
    Study to provide Visit Lincoln and two surrounding local authorities with an in depth understanding of the profile of visitors, focusing in particular on demographics, lifestyle and interests. Also included the investigation into seasonality impacts through deployment of an accommodation survey.
    1. 1 Mar 20141 Sep 2014
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  5. Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa used Influencers to raise awareness as part of their international
    Acorn worked with the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa's biggest road race, to produce a 3-year digital marketing strategy to increase international participation. This involved 4 high-profile travel influencers participating in the race and generating a reach of 1.25 million and 8% engagement.
    1. 1 Feb 20191 Apr 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021
  6. Roseau, Dominica
    Study contracted by Discover Dominica Authority to develop a sustainable voluntourism strategy for the country with the overall aim of increasing visitor numbers and expenditure. This included practical guidelines for the private sector on how to develop this niche segment.
    1. 1 Mar 20191 Jun 2019
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
    3. 1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

"Acorn Tourism has produced multiple tourism research projects for the CBI including tourism sector Value Chain Analysis and niche market studies for SMEs in developing countries.  They are a very solid research partner and always deliver to great satisfaction."

Arthur Scheinhardt
Programme Manager Marketing Intelligence, CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
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Blogs

Digital Nomad and Bleisure

Millennials and Gen Z Poised to Spearhead a Rise in Bleisure Travel after COVID-19

Before COVID-19, the ‘bleisure’ travel trend, defined as a mix of business and leisure travel, was taking off, driven by the Millennials (or Gen Y), a large, important travelling group.  Already keen travellers, Millennials are well known to be keen on experiential travel that offers an authentic insight into a destination, immersing themselves into new cultures and local lives. 

Street food cart

How Food Tourism is a Driver for Authentic Tourism Experiences

As food plays a central part in the lives of all people on the planet and local specialities are widely appreciated as an intrinsic feature of many cultures, it is now well understood that local cuisines play an important role in offering the visitor an authentic insight into the culture of a place.

Sustainable Wildlife Tourism

Sustainable Wildlife Tourism - Top Tips for creating unique trips

As local tour operators around the world eagerly anticipate being able to welcome tourists to visit their wildlife attractions once more, preparing their travel products for a ‘changed world’ provides multiple opportunities to add value and meet the needs of an increasingly discerning tourist. 

World Tourism Set Back 25 Years

World Tourism Set Back 25 Years

World tourist arrivals will grow by 65% to 666.6 million, up from 403.5 million in 2020 – that’s roughly the same number of tourists that travelled in 2000. 

Elephant riding

Working to Improve the Welfare of Animals in Tourism

One of the main issues the wildlife tourism industry faces is the welfare of animals in captive wildlife attractions and it is an issue that Europeans have become increasingly sensitive to. 

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3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
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