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


  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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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Where We Work

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    Wealden, United Kingdom, Wealden District Council



    Wealden District Council ,

    A robust analysis of Wealden’s visitor economy was undertaken to inform the next tourism strategy and marketing action plan. It was clear that increased business engagement was a priority to ensure a collaborative approach to creating and delivering…

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    Bexhill, East Sussex, United Kingdom, East Sussex County Council



    East Sussex County Council,

    After delivering the Pebsham Countryside Park Recreational Demand Study and Public Consultation, we were asked to prepare a Business Plan addressing the financial and organisational implications associated with the planning and delivery of the…

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    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, Princes Risborough Visitor Development Strategy



    Princes Risborough Visitor Development Strategy,

    Extensive market research and stakeholder consultation informed a Visitor Development Strategy to enable Princes Risborough to roll out its existing Visitor Action Plan by linking elements of the town’s visitor offer into an integrated plan.

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    Surrey, United Kingdom, Private Client



    Private Client,

    This private estate needed initial feasibility and planning advice to restore a 100-acre site with sand pit and lakes to create a viable water-based natural attraction, which opened to the public in 2018.

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    Henfield, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Sussex Wildlife Trust



    Sussex Wildlife Trust,

    To deliver a high-quality programme of education and outreach work, the Sussex Wildlife Trust needed a purpose-built education facility. Our feasibility assessment and business plan established the financial implications of a new centre.

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    Kenya, Kenya Tourism Federation



    Kenya Tourism Federation,

    The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) commissioned this study to estimate the value of tourism in Kenya, and through value chain analysis determine its competitiveness, the challenges It faced, and to make recommendations to accelerate growth and…

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    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Voyages to Antiquity



    Voyages to Antiquity,

    Study contracted by a specialist historical and archaeological focussed cruise operator, which was seeking to target their marketing activity more effectively, and needed to understand more about their customer base and prospects.

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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank



    Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank,

    Study to assess the existing system of tourism statistics and make recommendations to develop them into a robust set of surveys, analysis and reporting activities. The study also determined the readiness in Lesotho for the development of a first…

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    Saudi Arabia, Private Client



    Private Client,

    Market feasibility study for a luxury resort targeting the Saudi and expatriate markets in the country. This included identifying the best location for the resort based on available infrastructure and proximity to the markets. The study also…

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    Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board



    Rwanda Development Board,

    Development of a tourism statistics database for the collection, compilation and dissemination of tourism statistics in Rwanda. The study also included the development of a first experimental tourism satellite account for the country.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Analysis of the times and costs of air travel to the Falkland Islands from various key markets around the world, with the aim of identifying which markets had the shortest travel time and costs ,and to identify those with significant potential for…

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    South Africa, Statistics South Africa



    Statistics South Africa,

    Review of the tourism satellite account project in South Africa, including the delivery of training seminars on its further development. The South Africa TSA is now updated on an annual basis and is the most advanced account in Africa.

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    Marshall Islands, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, European Union



    South Pacific Tourism Organisation, European Union,

    Following the implementation of a visitor survey undertaken by Acorn in the Marshall Islands, data was collected from secondary sources regarding the supply side of the tourism sector and a first experimental tourism satellite account was compiled.

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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank



    Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank,

    This project brought together all the tourism statistics that had been collected over the previous 10 years and consolidated them in an online tourism statistics database that was programmed specifically for Lesotho. It also included improved data…

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    North London, United Kingdom, London Development Agency



    London Development Agency,

    Study to evaluate the business tourism product that existed across the four North London boroughs, and how it was being used. The London Development Agency required this information to determine whether the area should be developed further for…

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    South Africa, Statistics South Africa



    Statistics South Africa,

    Study to design and develop a national domestic tourism survey that included the data collection instrument, sample size and selection, and implementation of a pilot survey to assess its viability before the full launch as an annual and ongoing…

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    Oman, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO



    Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO,

    Capacity building project for the Ministry of Tourism to improve the system of tourism statistics. New surveys were implemented, including a cruise visitor survey, an attractions survey, and an assessment of the value of Oman's overseas tourism…

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    Palestine, Palestine Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP



    Palestine Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP,

    Study to establish a set of statistical guidelines for Palestine, develop an information system for planning and marketing purposes, and undertake formal and on-the-job training to staff in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

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    St. Helena, St. Helena Tourism



    St. Helena Tourism,

    With the opening of the first ever air link to St. Helena, Acorn was commissioned to establish air and cruise visitor surveys in St Helena, train interviewers to collect the data, then transmit it to our offices for analysis and quarterly reporting.

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    North London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    London Borough of Camden,

    Study to provide up-to-date information on the importance of visitors to Camden, and to ensure that future policy decisions incorporated a detailed understanding of the benefits and potential conflicts that large numbers of visitors bring to the…

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Featured Projects


  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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Sustainable tourism - Leave No Trace

Sustainability is the key to a positive future for tourism

Embedding sustainable practices into all aspects of a tourism business has become more common these days.  It is widely understood that sustainability is key to minimise the negative impacts (such as over tourism, exploitation of children and wild animals, inauthentic tourism activities and poorly paid seasonal jobs) and maximise the positive impacts (such as promoting cultural heritage, job creation for economic independence, protection of wildlife species and habitats, job creation, community-led tourism).

A digital world

Digital Transformation in the Tourism Sector

Digitalisation has transformed the way companies do business.  In the tourism industry, purchasing flights online and booking hotel rooms on the Internet marked the early days of digital transformation in the sector.  

Caribbean island, blue tourism

Three unique challenges to sustainable tourism in islands

Blue tourism is a term used to describe Coastal and Maritime tourism. The sector has become an increasing source of income for destinations with attractive coastlines thanks to the development of multiple tourism activities such as cruise tourism, boating, watersports, scuba diving, marine life observation, fishing and recreational use of beaches. However, these activities often put a lot of pressure on local ecosystems and tend to damage the destinations’ environmental assets, which, very often are what visitors are attracted to in the destination. Sustainable development of these blue tourism destinations is therefore becoming critical to avoid altering their natural resources to a point of no return. 

Resident Visitor Survey for destination sustainable development.

The one stakeholder NOT to forget…!

Sustainable tourism encompasses much more than solely protecting the environment in the destination, even though that is essential of course. A sustainable destination must be one that cares for its wildlife and landscapes, but also one that cares for its inhabitants! When thinking about tourism, one often thinks about visitors and the private tourism sector within the destination. But sometimes we forget the most important stakeholder: the local community, which is not always directly linked to the tourism sector.

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.



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