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.
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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.
  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
    20
    years

Where We Work

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  1. Address

    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Voyages to Antiquity

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    11000

    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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    South Africa, Statistics South Africa

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    25000

    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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    Worldwide, Mintel

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    2500

    Mintel,

    A niche market report examining the range of activities associated with underwater tourism, the global value of the market, the major destinations, the benefits of tourism to coastal communities and long term impacts to habitats and marine life.

  4. Address

    Osea Island, United Kingdom, Osea Island

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    5000

    Osea Island,

    Osea Island is a privately-owned island in the River Blackwater in Essex. Acorn was engaged to undertake a needs assessment for the development of additional self-catering accommodation units in the south-western area of Osea Island as part of a…

  5. Address

    City of London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation

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    5000

    City of London Corporation,

    The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile in London with the task of developing and promoting the area to visitors. To assist with planning, marketing and monitoring tourism they contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2013 to…

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    Saint Lucia, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, European Union

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    214305

    Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, European Union,

    Research, design and implementation of a tourism market research system for the nine OECS member states in the Caribbean. The online tourism resource was aimed at helping the countries to compete more effectively within the American and European…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

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    42000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Developed an eight-year Tourism Development Strategy for the Falkland Islands with the aim of increasing tourism numbers and expenditure, lengthening the season, and creating an industry that will provide better employment opportunities for the…

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    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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    5000

    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    This detailed business guide was aimed at supporting tourism SMEs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America to compete effectively in the European tourism market for wildlife tourism.

  9. Address

    Northumberland, United Kingdom, Mid-Tyne Community Trust

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    15000

    Mid-Tyne Community Trust,

    The feasibility study and options appraisal for the sustainable re-use of three redundant cottages at Barrasford Quarry in Tynedale, identified long-term mixed use for tourism, educational and commercial potential to support running costs

  10. Address

    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board, Falkland Islands Development Corporation

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    8000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board, Falkland Islands Development Corporation,

    Whilst only 10% of the Falklands population live outside of the capital, Stanley, (anywhere outside of Stanley is known as "camp") leisure tourists spend over 80% of their time in camp. This study assessed the value of tourism to the camp economy.

  11. Address

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

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    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…

  12. Address

    Tunisia, USAID

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    12000

    USAID,

    Study to evaluate the existing system of tourism statistics in Tunisia in order to prepare for the development of a Tourism Satellite Account (TSA). In particular, specific focus was on the International Tourism Visitor Survey in order to make…

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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    5000

    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    The study provided a detailed picture of the global cruise industry and offered a wide range of advice and tips including how to plan and market a cruise and selling shore excursions to passengers. Clear segmentation by cruise type and passenger…

  14. Address

    Eritrea, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP

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    350000

    Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP,

    As part of a Tourism Master Plan for Eritrea, Acorn developed a system of tourism statistics to enable the Ministry of Tourism to collect, process, analyse and disseminate tourism data and intelligence related to the sector.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, National Trust

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    20000

    National Trust,

    The National Trust required interpretation and development options for nine properties in the historic town of Winchelsea. Acorn, with associates PLB and Roger Joyce Architects, identified a range of options for each site and assessed their…

  16. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Private Insurance Company

    Telephone

    12000

    Private Insurance Company,

    Risk assessment for Launch PR (with the lead client being an insurance company) to determine the risks of dying on 10 different types of holiday. A model was developed and loaded with risk coefficients that enabled the calculation of the odds on…

  17. Address

    San Andres Colombia, Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR

    Telephone

    60000

    Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR,

    Market research, stakeholder consultation and workshops in San Andres and Providencia were used to identify nautical tourism products that could attract new niche audiences to these two Colombian owned islands in the western Caribbean.

  18. Address

    Manchester, Manchester Airports Group

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    6000

    Manchester Airports Group,

    An extensive market research report was required by Manchester Airports Group on the tourism sector in Bulgaria with a focus on Sofia.

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    North London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

    Telephone

    18000

    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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    Uganda, CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

    Telephone

    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…

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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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 Jan 202231 Dec 2022

"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

Which sustainability certification should tourism businesses choose?

Which sustainability certification should tourism businesses choose?

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Tourism businesses are facing increasing pressures to conduct their activity in a sustainable way to reduce their impact on the planet and contribution to climate change or biodiversity loss. A sustainability certification for tourism businesses can help provide structure and guidance with clearly defined steps to take to achieve these sustainability goals.

How to use marketing to tackle sustainability issues?

How to use marketing to tackle sustainability issues?

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Tourism often plays an important role in a destination’s economic development, bringing in visitors to spend money in local businesses, inward investment to develop infrastructure and providing jobs for residents. However, managing a destination sustainably is not an easy task. Tourism, if not planned and managed appropriately can become destructive – over tourism, degradation of the environment, loss of culture, disruption of local community’s lives, seasonality, etc.

How to use social media to grow your business?

How to use social media to grow your business?

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Social media has become an incremental part of any business’ digital marketing strategy. With a constantly growing number of users, social media is a convenient and cost-effective way for a business to reach the market, engage with consumers and grow.

Sustainable destination management, where should you start?

Sustainable destination management, where should you start?

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Sustainable destination management is as much a necessity as it is challenging. A destination is a very complex ecosystems composed of multiple stakeholders that can sometimes have competing interests. Organisation, cooperation, collaboration, consideration of all stakeholders and effective systems for measuring and monitoring are essential. Sustainable destination management is not a target to achieve, it is a journey and ever evolving. A destination can never truly be sustainable, but some are getting pretty close! 

Our journey towards carbon neutrality

Our journey towards carbon neutrality

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Most individuals and businesses are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint and mindful that emissions should not creep back up to pre pandemic levels. At Acorn Tourism, we’ve been trying to work out how we can make our operations carbon neutral.

The journey has not been simple…

Tourism impacts residents quality of life: here’s what you can do.

Tourism impacts residents quality of life: here’s what you can do.

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Monitoring inhabitants’ satisfaction has been identified by global sustainable destinations management standards as one of the essential guidelines to follow when working towards a more sustainable tourism industry. The local community is likely to be the one that suffers rather than benefits from tourism activities when their needs are not considered in tourism development.  Tourism activities are likely to disrupt residents’ quality of life: more traffic, less access to the city centre due to higher prices, etc.

How to become a sustainable destination?

How to become a sustainable destination?

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Managing a destination sustainably is not an easy task, and there are various threats and challenges that destinations are increasingly facing.  And carbon offsetting and planting trees will, unfortunately, not be enough.  From threats linked to climate change and increasing GHG atmospheric concentrations to challenges related to the wellbeing of the population and visitors, the management of waste, energy, water but also culture and heritage, and the engagement of local businesses, it can sometimes be challenging to identify the next steps a destination should take.

20 years later… what has changed?

20 years later… what has changed?

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On the 10th of January 2002, Alison Burgh and Kevin Millington created Acorn Tourism Consulting Ltd. In 20 years, the tourism industry has evolved dramatically, our work has significantly changed, but the people that we have met along the way have remained as inspiring and resilient!

What is the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories?

What is the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories?

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The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories is an annual competition launched in 2014 to help destinations at different stages of their journey towards sustainable and regenerative tourism. The Top 100 is an effective tool for every destination, whether they are looking to learn more about reporting and communicating sustainability, wanting to establish themselves as an industry leader by sharing an innovative project implemented, or looking for an achievable yet ambitious first step to learn more about destination sustainability guidelines.

Sustainable tourism - Leave No Trace

Sustainability is the key to a positive future for tourism

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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

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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

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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…!

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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

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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

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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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