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: 270

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  1. Address

    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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    Germany, German National Tourist Office

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    7500

    German National Tourist Office,

    The German National Tourist Office in the UK commissioned a benchmarking study on the impact of social media Influencers and OTAs and their relationships with national tourist boards.

  3. Address

    Africa, Mintel

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    2500

    Mintel,

    A report to identify the leading destinations in Africa for driving holidays, outlining the practicalities and to identify the driving tourist.

  4. Address

    Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute

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    12000

    South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute,

    Study to assess the potential for land and ocean-based tourism on Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, and compile a broad-brush strategy for developing the sector in a realistic and sustainable way.

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    Bristol, United Kingdom, Bristol City Council, Future Parks Accelerator, Bristol

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    10000

    Bristol City Council, Future Parks Accelerator , Bristol

    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…

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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

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    2000

    London Borough of Camden,

    Camden needed to know what tourism, arts and creative industry data sources were available for London and the Borough and how they could most effectively improve these resources or commission new research.

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    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.

  8. Address

    Vietnam, European Union

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    750000

    European Union,

    Provided technical assistance to Vietnam for the development of market research to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector. This included a system of tourism statistics and the design of a national tourism database for tracking and…

  9. Address

    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Visit Doncaster

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    5000

    Visit Doncaster,

    Visit Doncaster is the destination management organisation for Doncaster and the surrounding area. In 2018 they contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system to measure changes in the visitor economy in the…

  10. Address

    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Visit Lincoln

    Telephone

    26000

    Visit Lincoln,

    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…

  11. Address

    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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    Worldwide, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    Specialist niche market report that looks at Mega Events and their legacies with detailed case studies of recent, major events, what their impacts are and how the concept of a legacy was born with a specific focus on tourism.

  13. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Switzerland Tourism

    Telephone

    7500

    Switzerland Tourism,

    Switzerland Tourism used Harrods shop windows and in-store space for a marketing campaign. Acorn undertook a survey of visitors entering and passing by the store to assess the effectiveness of the campaign.

  14. Address

    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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    5000

    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    A detailed report about the LBGTQ market segment was required to support SME’s to prepare their tourism product for the European market.

  15. Address

    Palau, Belau Tourism Association

    Telephone

    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…

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    North West England, United Kingdom, North West Development Agency

    Telephone

    48000

    North West Development Agency,

    This study was commissioned by the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to review the data collection and processing procedures of tourism intelligence covering the areas of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.

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    Oman, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO

    Telephone

    120000

    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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    Hampshire, United Kingdom, Rural Ways, Tourism South East

    Telephone

    10000

    Rural Ways, Tourism South East,

    Nine short break outdoor activity itineraries were developed in Kent, West Sussex and Hampshire Tourism South East’s Rural Ways website. The itineraries promoted walking, cycling, equestrian activities, where to stay, eat, drink, buy local produce…

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    France, Comité Régional du Tourisme Nord-Pas-de-Calais

    Telephone

    56000

    Comité Régional du Tourisme Nord-Pas-de-Calais,

    There are a large number of World War I and II sites in Northern France, some of which are well-known, but most are relatively unknown. These were assessed to provide a strategy for developing and marketing them to UK visitors; special focus was…

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    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…

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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
    4. 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
    4. 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. 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
    4. 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
    4. 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
    4. 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

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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. 

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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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