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
    310
    projects
  2. Enjoyed working with
    165
    clients
  3. Delivered projects in
    85
    countries
  4. Served the sector for
    22
    years

Where We Work

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  1. Address

    Worldwide, Mintel

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    2500

    Mintel,

    Specialist niche market report covering Golf Tourism: who plays and top generating markets, where they play, which operators lead the market and what the future holds for the sector.

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    Jordan, CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Jordan

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    240000

    CBI, Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    The overarching objective of the Jordan Sustainable Tourism Programme 2021-25 is to support the Jordanian tourism sector to operate in a more sustainable and responsible manner. We are supporting local partners to work towards this common goal,…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Tourism East Sussex

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    30000

    Tourism East Sussex,

    This study was commissioned to provide a greater understanding of the potential of Visitor Payback Schemes and how they might be implemented in East Sussex. Whilst the study assessed the potential for a scheme at Seven Sisters Country Park, the…

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    Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Tourism, Boston Consulting Group

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    36000

    Ministry of Tourism, Boston Consulting Group,

    Assessment of the existing tourism product and markets visiting the Asir province of Saudi Arabia, followed by the identification of a series of development options to encourage domestic and international tourism, in particular for adventure and…

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    Warwickshire, United Kingdom, Wellesbourne Parish Council

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    20000

    Wellesbourne Parish Council,

    Acorn proposed developing this wheelwright and blacksmith yard into a working museum with a blacksmith employed to operate the site. These proposals helped Chedham’s Yard to win funding from the BBC’s Restoration Village in 2006.

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    East Staffordshire, United Kingdom, East Staffordshire Borough Council

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    42000

    East Staffordshire Borough Council,

    This feasibility study was commissioned to identify the potential of a gravel pit site as a tourism and leisure destination to provide recreation facilities for local and sub-regional visitors. It also required the design and costing of realistic…

  7. Address

    Hungary, Hungary Ministry of Tourism, European Union

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    35000

    Hungary Ministry of Tourism, European Union,

    Study to establish the most effective and efficient delivery systems for distributing tourism information to existing and potential visitors to Hungary, tour operators and travel agents, travel writers and researchers, as well as within the…

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    Worldwide, Mintel

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    2500

    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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    Africa, Mintel

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    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…

  10. Address

    Dominica, Discover Dominica Authority

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    22000

    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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    Kent, United Kingdom, Mid-Kent Downs AONB Unit

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    12000

    Mid-Kent Downs AONB Unit,

    Visitor survey to determine the future potential of sustainable tourism in the Downs and identify how more visitors could be attracted to visit the Mid-Kent Downs in a responsible way, such as by walking and cycling.

  12. Address

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

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    20000

    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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    Scotland, United Kingdom, VisitScotland

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    16000

    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, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    Specialist niche market report on Fishing Tourism that summarised the differing types of fishing; who goes fishing and where they fish; profiled the leading fishing tour operators and provided an analysis of the sector’s future.

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    Saudi Arabia, Private Client

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    76000

    Private Client,

    Business study to assess the viability of a tour operating company that would focus on the international umrah market for inbound travel to Saudi Arabia.

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    Kenya, Kenya Tourism Federation

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    80000

    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…

  17. Address

    Worldwide, CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre

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    5000

    CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    Acorn Tourism conducted research for this comprehensive business guide to help local tour operators understand what is meant by Going Green, and to implement a range of low-cost actions into their businesses.

  18. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Visit England

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    26000

    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…

  19. Address

    France, La Direction du Tourisme

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    33000

    La Direction du Tourisme,

    Acorn undertook the research in the UK to identify strengths and weaknesses of the public funding programme of tourist accommodation and to make comparisons between the UK and other European countries to identify good practice.

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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank

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    55000

    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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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

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.

Everything you need to know about using a website to grow your business.

Everything you need to know about using a website to grow your business.

Read time: 1 min

Your website is the face of your business, and a powerful tool to connect with your customers, present your products and services and grow your business. A great website can make or break your business. It is increasingly becoming essential for customers to find out about your business.

Courses to help boost your knowledge on Sustainable Tourism

Courses to help boost your knowledge on Sustainable Tourism

Read time: 3 mins

Here at Acorn Tourism Consulting, we believe in the strength of working together to build a greater sustainable future for the tourism sector and beyond. We have been promoting some sustainable tourism through our social media platforms and decided that it would be helpful to also collate them all into one blog.

Bellhurst  Trust Carbon offsetting East Sussex

Acorn Supports Carbon Offsetting and Local Biodiversity Projects

Read time: 1 minute

As part of our journey towards carbon neutrality to help compensate our emissions we already support a flight offsetting charity called Atmosfair.   Our donations provide efficient cooking stoves in Lesotho which save 80% of energy, produce less smoke and avoids deforestation reducing the need for firewood.  We chose this charity in Lesotho as we have worked there and work regularly in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Sustainability Competitions

Which global competitions would suit your business or initiative?

Read time: 2 min

Alongside sustainability certification, there has been a growing number of competitions arising throughout the travel industry around sustainable development and growth. Some of these competitions help to promote businesses and initiatives, whilst others provide funding and support to help organisations prosper and grow in a sustainable and regenerative manner.

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