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.
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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.
  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
    21
    years

Where We Work

Number of results: 270

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  1. Address

    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Rother District Council

    Telephone

    10000

    Rother District Council,

    Study to produce three itineraries, one each for Burwash, Pevensey and Rye in East Sussex aimed at encouraging both residents and visitors to enjoy sustainable activities in these areas, particularly for walking, cycling and horse riding.

  2. Address

    Germany, German National Tourist Office

    Telephone

    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

    Scandinavia, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    Niche market report that covers Cycling Tourism in the Scandinavian countries. With individual country profiles, the report also looks at the European Cycle Network, profiles leading tour operators and discusses what’s next for the sector.

  4. Address

    Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, World Bank

    Telephone

    140000

    World Bank,

    This project was designed to assist the development of a World Bank lending operation Unleashing the Blue Economy of the Eastern Caribbean (UBEEC) and also inform the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP) by identifying the key…

  5. Address

    Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute

    Telephone

    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.

  6. Address

    Essex, United Kingdom, Visit Kent, Visit Essex

    Telephone

    43000

    Visit Kent, Visit Essex,

    Visit Kent and Visit Essex needed to determine the unique identity and core values of Medway and Southend. Working with our placemaking associates thinkingplace, extensive stakeholder engagement informed our place narrative and action plans.

  7. Address

    Africa, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    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.

  8. Address

    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Experience Bedfordshire

    Telephone

    15000

    Experience Bedfordshire,

    By undertaking a survey of tourism sector businesses in Bedfordshire, an assessment was made of the importance of tourism in the area. An estimate was also made of visitor expenditure, bed nights, and tourism employment in the county.

  9. Address

    France, La Direction du Tourisme

    Telephone

    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.

  10. Address

    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

    Telephone

    52000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Implemented a Digital Marketing Strategy for the Falkland Islands Tourist Board with the overall aim of increasing awareness of the Falklands as a holiday destination. Individual tasks included email marketing through newsletters, Facebook…

  11. Address

    Jordan, USAID

    Telephone

    15000

    USAID,

    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,…

  12. Address

    Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, People’s Committee for Tourism, UNWTO

    Telephone

    42000

    People’s Committee for Tourism, UNWTO,

    Study to provide a series of interventions over two years to assist with the development of a system of tourism statistics and to assess the growth of tourism in the country under various development scenarios.

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    Worldwide, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel ,

    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.

  14. Address

    Aruba, Aruba Tourism Authority

    Telephone

    40000

    Aruba Tourism Authority,

    We assessed potential demand for niche activities in Aruba including Adventure, Birding, Culinary, Nautical, Romance, Sport and Wellness and conducted stakeholder consultations to identify the products that could differentiate Aruba from its…

  15. Address

    Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

    Telephone

    5000

    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Tunbridge Wells

    Short Description

    The 3-year Business Plan needed to address restructuring and funding constraints, while supporting local businesses, providing high quality service and increasing income. Relocation, proactive marketing, developing staff sales…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

    Telephone

    25000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Study to undertake a cruise tourism strategy to reverse the fortunes of the sector, which had gone from a peak of 62,500 cruise visitors in 2008 to less than half of this in 2014. The study included considerable industry consultations in the…

  17. Address

    Lancashire, United Kingdom, ReBlackpool

    Telephone

    21000

    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,…

  18. Address

    Saint Lucia, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

    Telephone

    26000

    Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States,

    Study to determine the level of readiness to develop a first experimental TSA within the nine OECS member states. Research included an assessment of the system of tourism statistics and national accounts in each destination.

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    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, Princes Risborough Visitor Development Strategy

    Telephone

    5000

    Princes Risborough Visitor Development Strategy,

    Extensive market research and stakeholder consultation informed a Visitor Development Strategy to enable Princes Risborough to roll out its existing Visitor Action Plan by linking elements of the town’s visitor offer into an integrated plan.

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    Colombia, BEIS UK, Ecología Economia y Ética Asesorías Colombia, Boyaca

    Telephone

    280000

    BEIS UK, Ecología Economia y Ética Asesorías Colombia , Boyaca

    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…

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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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3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

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