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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


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    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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    Suffolk, United Kingdom, Great Yarmouth Borough Council



    Great Yarmouth Borough Council,

    The Winter Gardens in Great Yarmouth is in desperate need of restoration. We provided an option appraisal for its future use and the initial business case for a Phase 1 HLF bid.

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    Eritrea, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP



    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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    South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Visit Doncaster



    Visit Doncaster,

    Visit Doncaster is the destination management organisation for Doncaster and the surrounding area. In 2018 they contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system to measure changes in the visitor economy in the…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Designed and implemented an ongoing domestic tourism survey for the Falkland Islands. The survey is carried out quarterly capturing data via a telephone interview. Data includes visitor and trip characteristics, including expenditure.

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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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    Worldwide, World Bank



    World Bank ,

    Detailed analysis of the community-based tourism market in Africa, in particular looking at its potential for growth, in which countries, and to what type of tourists. Interviews were undertaken with tour operators and backed up with research of…

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    Zambia, PEP Zambia, DFID



    PEP Zambia, DFID,

    Acorn delivered a Destination Management Plan for Livingstone, based on a placemaking approach, with extensive public and private stakeholder engagement, to guide local and national stakeholders to create a more competitive destination.

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



    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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    Worldwide, Mintel




    Specialist niche market report on International Rail Packages that profiles the leading rail package operators, their trains and journeys; how the product is marketed and sold; who the rail consumer is, and what the future holds for the sector.

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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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    North London, United Kingdom, London Development Agency



    London Development Agency,

    This study of the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market in the four Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Haringey, Enfield and Barnet was aimed at assisting the North London Boroughs, tourism businesses and related marketing organisations to better…

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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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    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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    London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation



    City of London Corporation,

    Assessment of the economic impact of the Sculpture in the City projects, including an estimate of visitor numbers, and evaluation of the impact, in terms of expenditure, on the City economy that the sculpture park generated.

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    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, Visit Cambridge and Beyond



    Visit Cambridge and Beyond,

    Visit Cambridge and Beyond is the official tourism service for Cambridge and the surrounding areas, responsible for marketing Cambridge to UK and international markets. In 2019 they contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism…

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    Mid Sussex, United Kingdom, Haywards Heath Town Council



    Haywards Heath Town Council,

    Acorn collaborated with environmental planners to research community needs, accessibility and the infrastructure required to inform the design of a master plan for a country park in mid-Sussex, to be located adjacent to a new housing development.

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    St. Helena, Enterprise St. Helena



    Enterprise St. Helena,

    Review of the marketing activities and action plans for the marketing and promotion of the Island of St. Helena. An assessment of their effectiveness was made through an online survey of UK long haul travellers and interviews with tour operators.

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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, Rother District Council



    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.

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    East Staffordshire, United Kingdom, East Staffordshire Borough Council



    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…

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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
  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. 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
  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
  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
  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

"Acorn Tourism provided us with a true insight into the perception of Aruba and valuable data from which we can build our brand.  The service was efficient, timely and the final report presented in a very useable format.  I would certainly recommend them and happily use Acorn again."

Joanna Walding
Country Manager, UK & Ireland, Aruba Tourism Authority
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3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
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