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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    Dominica, Discover Dominica Authority



    Discover Dominica Authority,

    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…

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    Jordan, USAID, Ministry of Tourism



    USAID, Ministry of Tourism,

    Based on input-output tables generated by the Jordanian Department of Statistics, and using the Leontief Inverse methodology, the indirect impact of tourism in Jordan was calculated.

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    London, United Kingdom, Visit England



    Visit England,

    Study for the design and development of an online database to store a wide range of tourism statistics from Visit England’s surveys, as well as from other bodies, into a system that could be interrogated easily to generate useful reports for…

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    Worldwide, Mintel




    Specialist niche market report that examines the market for Gap Year travel covering market influences, profile and segmentation, which tour operators support the market, and what the outlook for the industry looks like.

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    Cumbria, United Kingdom, Cumbria Tourism



    Cumbria Tourism,

    Cumbria Tourism’s mission is to create a world class visitor experience through effective marketing and proactive sustainable tourism development. To assist with this, they contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2019 to implement our online tourism statistics…

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    Tunisia, 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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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Ashdown Forest Conservators



    Ashdown Forest Conservators,

    Workable options for improving the Visitor Centre had to consider tight planning restrictions, limited budgets and the potential to move sites. Acorn’s Business Plan delivered pragmatic options that were acted upon by the Project Development…

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    Jersey, United Kingdom, Jersey




    Jersey’s mission is to work collaboratively with the industry and government to promote tourism to and within Jersey in an innovative, economic and efficient way. Jersey contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2019 to implement our T-Stats Essentials online…

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    City of London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation



    City of London Corporation,

    Annual survey undertaken since 2014 to execute a face-to-face questionnaire with visitors to the City Information Centre in London. The aims of the survey were to understand the services visitors require and to measure how staff are performing as…

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    Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tourism Organization, Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Development Programme, World Bank



    Ethiopian Tourism Organization, Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Development Programme, World Bank,

    Acorn led an international team of web and graphic designers, writers, photographers, cartographers and videographers to produce the national tourism website, videos, image library and brochures to promote the country as a world-class tourism…

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    Hampshire, United Kingdom, Explore Worldwide



    Explore Worldwide,

    This study was commissioned by a leading UK adventure tour operator to examine the market for Free Independent Traveller (FIT) adventure travel, and assess its strengths and weaknesses to determine what opportunities may exist to expand into this…

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    Worldwide, Mintel




    A comprehensive market research study into the SAVE tourism market (Scientific, Academic, Volunteer, Educational) and how it is positioned within the broader global tourism industry.

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    North West England, United Kingdom, North West Development Agency



    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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    Wales, United Kingdom, Pembroke Dock Tourism and Heritage Group and Town Team



    Pembroke Dock Tourism and Heritage Group and Town Team,

    Community consultation, market analysis, options appraisal to inform a business plan for social enterprises to stimulate tourism in Pembroke Dock, south Wales.

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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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    Lancashire, United Kingdom, ReBlackpool




    Study to investigate, analyse and report on the economic and other related outcomes of two new proposed developments to the illuminations at Blackpool, and assess the impact of these developments on visitor numbers, visitor nights, overnight stays,…

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    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…

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    Scotland, United Kingdom, 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.

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Centre



    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed study into Religious Tourism and the European market of believer and non-believer consumers was required to support SMEs to prepare suitable tourism products for the market.

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    Africa, Mintel




    Specialist niche market report that looks at the major Safari destinations in Africa, examines the specifics of different types of safari, activities twinned with safaris, who goes on safari and profiles of the leading tour operators in the market.

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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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Resident Visitor Survey for destination sustainable development.

The one stakeholder NOT to forget…!

/information/resourcesSustainable 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.

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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