Remote hills and valleys in Lesotho, Africa

More than twenty years of sustainable tourism development for destinations worldwide

Riverfront in Copenhagen, Denmark

Helping tourism businesses innovate and stimulate the visitor economy

Rural scene in the United Kingdom

Supporting the sector to create a collaborative and sustainable future for people, places and the planet

Bridge over the River Tyne in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Providing dedicated expertise and strategic planning for regenerative tourism development globally

Welcome to Acorn Tourism Consulting

What We Do

Inspiration

  1. Market trader in Rwanda
    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. Seven Sisters in East Sussex, UK
    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. Kitesurfing in Aruba
    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. Boats on the Thames, Richmond upon Thames, London
    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. Sightseeing in Latvia
    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. Camels in the desert, Namibia
    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
    328
    projects
  2. Enjoyed working with
    169
    clients
  3. Delivered projects in
    85
    countries
  4. Served the sector for
    22
    years

Where We Work

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  1. Address

    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

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    5000

    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council,

    The 3-year Business Plan needed to address restructuring and funding constraints, while supporting local businesses, providing high quality service and increasing income. Relocation, proactive marketing, developing staff sales skills were key…

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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Lambeth

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    15000

    London Borough of Lambeth,

    Acorn's Business Plan provided Lambeth Council’s Parks Department with a viable model to generate income by creating a café in one of the disused buildings on Streatham Common, providing additional facilities for users of the adjacent playground.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

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    25000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Study to undertake a cruise tourism strategy to reverse the fortunes of the sector, which had gone from a peak of 62,500 cruise visitors in 2008 to less than half of this in 2014. The study included considerable industry consultations in the…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council

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    15000

    Hastings Borough Council,

    This project required the preparation of a Destination Management Strategy and plan for Living, Learning and Business Investment in the Hastings-Bexhill Urban Area, to complement the recently published 1066 Country Destination Management Strategy.

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    Surrey, United Kingdom, Private Client

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    5000

    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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    St. Helena, St. Helena Tourism

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    5000

    St. Helena Tourism,

    In 2017 travel to St Helena by air became possible with the opening of an airport on the island. In order to track the growth of tourism that was anticipated, St Helena Tourism contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics…

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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…

  8. Address

    Kent, United Kingdom, Shepway District Council

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    15000

    Shepway District Council,

    The Destination Management Plan for Shepway is based on extensive stakeholder consultation and shared responsibility. It provides a short, medium and long-term Action Plan to take forward the tourism sector to maximise economic growth.

  9. Address

    Palau, Belau Tourism Association

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    44000

    Belau Tourism Association,

    Implemented an international visitor survey for the Belau Tourism Association at Koror Airport on departing visitors. The survey was carried out using iPads, over one year, with a sample size of 6,000. Training, data analysis and reporting were…

  10. Address

    Botswana, Botswana Department of Tourism, World Bank

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    30000

    Botswana Department of Tourism, World Bank,

    An analysis of existing research and extensive consultations, advised tourism policy-makers in Botswana how nature-based tourism contributes to sustainable natural resource management, economic diversification and poverty alleviation.

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    Italy, Private Client

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    45000

    Private Client,

    Feasibility study for the development of three new resorts in southern Italy. Research was undertaken into the Italian domestic holiday market, key international markets, as well as potential competitors in the area.

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    Botswana, European Commission, Department of Tourism Botswana

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    21000

    European Commission, Department of Tourism Botswana,

    This study was the fourth Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) compilation for Botswana, with previous compilations being undertaken for the years 2006, 2009 and 2016. The main data for the compilation of the TSA was derived from the Visitor Exit Survey…

  13. Address

    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre

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    5000

    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    This detailed business guide was conducted to support local tour operators and other tourism businesses around the world to compete effectively in the European tourism market for cycling tourism.

  14. Address

    South Pacific, South Pacific Tourism Organisation

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    15000

    South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

    Detailed market profiles of backpacking, diving and cultural tourism in the South Pacific region. The purpose of this study was to enable specialised and small-scale operators to understand these segments and thus help diversify the region’s market…

  15. Address

    Uzbekistan, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, Uzbekistan, World Bank

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    250000

    Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, Uzbekistan, World Bank,

    Acorn were contracted to provide recommendations for the development of a system of tourism statistics in Uzbekistan at a national level, as well as at the regional level, in particular for the four regions that were the main focus of the study:…

  16. Address

    Uganda, CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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    30000

    CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    CBI Netherlands required a detailed Value Chain Analysis of the Ugandan tourism sector to identify the challenges and opportunities to support the growth of the sector. The findings of the VCA would then define the scope of a five-year tourism…

  17. Address

    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.

  18. Address

    Worldwide, CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Centre

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    5000

    CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    Acorn Tourism conducted detailed market research for this comprehensive business guide to help local tour operators understand the unique characteristics of the Gap Year market and learn how to target this group of young and enthusiastic travellers.

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    Jordan, Ministry of Tourism, USAID

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    36000

    Ministry of Tourism, USAID,

    Compiled a tourism satellite account for 2016 to measure tourism's contribution to the economy of Jordan. Also analysed and developed an industry-friendly report showing the findings of the latest inbound visitor survey.

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    Saudi Arabia, Saudi Tourism Authority

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    30000

    Saudi Tourism Authority,

    The Saudi Tourism Authority established a target of identifying, designing and supporting 200 experiences under the brand of “Amazing 200”. These experiences were targeted at the mid-value, high-value and VIP segments and had to meet pre-agreed…

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Featured Projects

Inspiration

  1. Caribbean Regional Tourism Marketing Strategy
    This Regional Tourism Marketing Strategy was developed to provide a detailed and instructive way forward for marketing Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a region in the Caribbean.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  2. Feasibility Study for the Development of a Cultural Heritage Research and Visitor Centre on the Farasan Islands
    This feasibility study was commissioned to assess the development of a Farasan Archipelago Cultural Research and Heritage Centre (FARHC), which would serve local communities, particularly educational institutions, as well as national and international visitors.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  3. Tourism Satellite Account for Botswana: 2019
    This study was the fourth Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) compilation for Botswana, with previous compilations being undertaken for the years 2006, 2009 and 2016. The main data for the compilation of the TSA was derived from the Visitor Exit Survey undertaken annually by the Department of Tourism and a range of data compiled by Statistics Botswana including GDP calculations, employment data and other economic statistics.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  4. Relaxing on the beach in Sierra Leone
    Acorn Tourism, along with joint venture partners, The Journey Tourism Consulting and Management, were commissioned to provide Sierra Leone’s National Tourist Board with an international Marketing and Rebranding Strategy, funded by the Government of Sierra Leone and the World Bank. The marketing and branding strategy and action plan delivered a roadmap to build a positive narrative for the country, improve the destination’s position, and increase the value of the tourism sector. The Journey-Acorn team also initiated the digital marketing campaign and advised on the domestic marketing campaign.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  5. Place Brand and Destination Management Plan for Melton Mowbray
    Acorn, working with thinkingplace, developed the Melton Story, Destination Management Plan and Place Brand, based on a robust destination assessment and extensive stakeholder engagement, to provide Melton Mowbray with the direction for a strategic, innovative and joined up approach to Melton’s future development.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024
  6. Green Business Toolkit for Thanet
    An online toolkit for businesses to understand what simple steps they could take to start/continue their journey towards sustainability, learn more about the biodiversity crisis and the commitment to Net Zero, find inspiration from successful local examples, find out about interesting resources available to them (training, financial support, etc.) and discover options for global recognition of their efforts.
    1. 1 Jan 202431 Dec 2024

"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

Generations BLog

A snapshot of the different generations in travel

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Understanding different generations' travel preferences and traits is crucial when tailoring and selling your product or destination. Each generation has very different travel preferences and interests, and understanding these is essential to making good business decisions.

This blog highlights each generation's critical expectations when making travel decisions.

Empowering sustainable tourism

Leading from the top: how tourism boards can drive the sector towards a more sustainable future

Read time: 4 mins

Tourism boards, both national and regional can play a vital role in supporting their destinations sustainable development. Historically, the traditional role of a tourism board was to market the destination, helping to grow visitor numbers and spending as the main goal. However, with the growing interest and need for the tourism industry to increase its sustainability practices tourism boards must take a more strategic approach. This includes shifting from a streamlined focus on marketing and putting emphasis on research, analysis, development and planning for the destination’s future development.

ITB Berlin 2024: Sustainability, Aqaba and Awards

ITB Berlin 2024: Sustainability, Aqaba and Awards

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In early March, Director Alison Burgh travelled to ITB Berlin by train as part of Acorn Tourism’s ongoing CBI project work in Jordan. As always, it was a busy few days packed with meetings, awards and some extremely exciting milestones for Aqaba, Jordan.

Key trends in tourism for 2024 spearheaded by sustainability and regeneration

Key trends in tourism for 2024 spearheaded by sustainability and regeneration

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Making the transition to a sustainable business is no longer just a trend. It is now an urgent and essential task to tackle the climate crisis and meet the commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Tourism is a major contributor to global climate change and the sector is forecast to grow over the coming years. To manage tourism growth responsibly, urgent steps are required.

Navigating a Circular Economy: challenges and opportunities for island based MSME accommodation providers

Navigating a Circular Economy: challenges and opportunities for island based MSME accommodation providers

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The use of circular economy concepts for hospitality businesses has been on the rise in recent years and is a useful way to reduce the environmental impact of their operational practices. In 2022 Acorn Tourism worked with Buro Happold on a World Bank funded project ‘Circular and Resilient Tourism on Small Islands and in Coastal Destinations’. For this project we travelled to Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and The Gambia to engage with the private sector to better understand the current opportunities and constraints they face in developing a circular economy model.

Big and small data infographic

Making sense of big and small data for destinations

Read time: 5 mins

More and more we are hearing that big data has all the answers that destinations are looking for when trying to understand what visitors are doing, where they are going, how much they are spending and so on.  This sounds enticing and useful.  But is it?

Overtourism

Using Data to Avoid Overtourism: Creating Smarter Destinations

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Pre-pandemic, the term overtourism was being increasingly used as popular destinations struggled to cope with demand.  It was seldom spoken about in 2021 when focus shifted to encouraging visitors out of their homes to travel freely again, and breathing life back into economies and businesses. 

Business and Marketing: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

Business and Marketing: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

Read time: 1 mins

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Acorn Tourism Climate Action Plan

Celebrating Milestones, Awards, Longstanding Relationships and Our Continued Support to Sustainable Tourism Development

Read time: 4 mins

The beginning of 2023 has been a busy one, not only are we celebrating our big 21st Birthday in February, but we have also been awarded with a Green Tourism Gold Award for our ongoing commitment towards sustainability, within our office and operations.  We have also just released or Green Climate Action Plan for 2023, a requirement as a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration. The Glasgow Declaration was launched at COP 26, with the commitment, alongside many other tourism stakeholders, to halve our emissions by 2030.

Social Wellbeing

Social Well-being: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

Read time: 1 min

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Culture and Traditions: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Culture and Traditions: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Read time: 1 min

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Environment and Climate: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Environment and Climate: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Read time: 2 mins

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Nature and Conservation: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Nature and Conservation: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

Read time: 1 min

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Organisation and Planning: What are the next steps for sustainable destination development?

Organisation and Planning: What are the next steps for sustainable destination development?

Read time: 1 min

Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

Influencer Marketing - the fastest growing trend within the Tourism Industry

Influencer Marketing - the fastest growing trend within the Tourism Industry

Read time: 2 mins

The trend of Influencer marketing has taken off in the last decade and is currently one of the fastest growing activities within the digital marketing space. The movement has been on the rise due to the growth of social media and the influence of word-of-mouth marketing. For marketers “brands are no longer what companies tell consumers but rather what consumers tell each other”.

World Tourism Day, Re-Thinking Tourism

World Tourism Day, Re-Thinking Tourism

Read time: 2 mins

As we celebrate the UNWTO’s World Tourism Day with the theme ‘Re-Thinking Tourism’, one can’t help but look back at the highs and (many) lows that the Tourism Industry has experienced over the last three years. And, although the lows were very low, we must look to the future and be thankful in a way that tourism did slow for a small while, as it gave us the unique and needed opportunity and realisation that there was a dire need for the tourism industry to stop and ‘re-think’ its future development.

How can you grow your business with online bookings?

How can you grow your business with online bookings?

Read time: 1 min

Online bookings are increasingly popular as they provide a convenient, trustworthy experience for customers, allowing them to book services from anywhere at any time, with real time information, while having full control over the experience.

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