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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    Africa, Mintel




    Specialist niche market report on Volunteering in sub-Saharan Africa, providing a market profile of volunteering tourism, the most common destinations and volunteering experiences, and summarises a range of tour operator profiles and business models.

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    Niche market report on the evolution, definition and history of Slow Travel, who travels and why, along with typical slow destinations and slow methods of transport.

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, WAVES - World Bank



    Department of Tourism, WAVES - World Bank,

    Research into the data available and feasibility of developing a natural capital account (NCA) for Botswana under the World Bank WAVES Project. A methodology for developing the natural capital account was developed, which would provide Botswana…

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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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    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Visit Lincoln



    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…

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    Kent, United Kingdom, Shepway District Council



    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.

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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    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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    Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board



    Rwanda Development Board,

    Study to develop a system of tourism statistics for Rwanda, including the implementation of a visitor exit survey, accommodation occupancy survey, and a process for the collection and compilation of visitor arrivals statistics. This led to the…

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    Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tourism Organization, World Bank



    Ethiopian Tourism Organization, World Bank,

    Study to provide assistance to Ethiopia by evaluating the cultural and historic tourism product, generating markets and competing destinations. The study enabled Ethiopia to clearly target priority markets to make the most of its limited marketing…

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    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.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Analysis of the times and costs of air travel to the Falkland Islands from various key markets around the world, with the aim of identifying which markets had the shortest travel time and costs ,and to identify those with significant potential for…

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    Zambia, CBI, The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, Netherlands



    CBI, The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, Netherlands,

    Extensive research, stakeholder engagement and workshops, informed CBI about the opportunities to invest in an Export Coaching Programme to support a more competitive and sustainable tourism value chain in Zambia and increase SME exports to Europe.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council



    Hastings Borough Council,

    This study set out the vision for St Leonards Gardens in terms of accessibility, enjoyment and understanding of the park by its varied audiences. The plan was successfully used to bid for Heritage Lottery Funding for improving the gardens.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Pestalozzi International Village



    Pestalozzi International Village,

    Feasibility study for developing a conference centre at Pestalozzi's International Village in Sedlescombe in order to more effectively use the site, work more closely with the community, and generate an additional revenue stream.

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    Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism



    Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism,

    The 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia were surveyed by AC Nielsen to determine domestic visitor and trip characteristics. Acorn was subsequently commissioned to develop outline action plans for product development and marketing to boost domestic tourism…

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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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    Derbyshire, United Kingdom, Amber Valley Borough Council



    Amber Valley Borough Council,

    Acorn and PLB Consulting were commissioned to undertake a feasibility study and options appraisal to extend the visitor centre at Strutt’s North Mill in Belper and assess the effect this would have on services in the long, medium, and short term.

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    Worldwide, Mintel



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    Specialist niche market report on wine tourism around the world that examines the state of the global wine market and how wine tourism has become a key component of the industry as wineries strive to diversify beyond production.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Visit Eastbourne



    Visit Eastbourne,

    Visit Eastbourne is the destination management organisation for Eastbourne and the surrounding areas. Visit Eastbourne contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2019 to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system for the area, which also includes…

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    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    A detailed and extensive study into the process of risk management for tourism businesses that involved both establishing a Risk Management Process before a crisis occurs, and the four-step process to be adopted during the crisis.

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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. 

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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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