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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    Seychelles, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO



    Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO,

    Assessment of the system of tourism statistics, and design and development of an airport exit survey and cruise visitor survey, leading to the development of a tourism satellite account. The study included extensive training with staff in the…

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    Vietnam, European Union



    European Union,

    Provided technical assistance to Vietnam for the development of market research to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector. This included a system of tourism statistics and the design of a national tourism database for tracking and…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Study to develop a system of tourism statistics to provide the Falkland Islands Tourist Board with robust data to plan, market, monitor and regulate the tourism sector. Included the design and implementation of air visitor, cruise visitor and…

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    Devon, United Kingdom, English Riviera Business Improvement District



    English Riviera Business Improvement District,

    The English Riviera BID Company Ltd oversees the delivery of a five year business plan, which focuses on driving up year-round footfall and occupancy in the Torbay area. In 2018 they contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism…

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    Private Client



    Private Client,

    Market research was required to support the development of a wellness and glamping business in the south east region of the UK.

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    Borough of Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames



    London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames,

    Survey of residents and visitors to 10 attractions within Richmond-upon-Thames to find out how they had travelled to the attraction, and what would encourage them to travel to the destination using a sustainable means of transport.

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    Jordan, Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association, USAID



    Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association, USAID,

    Research for the Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association to better understand its importance to the overall tourism sector, and its value to the Jordanian economy in terms of visitor numbers, expenditure, direct value added and employment. The…

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    Borough of Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Visit Richmond



    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Visit Richmond,

    Study to provide up-to-date information on visitor and trip characteristics, and to determine the value of the visitor economy in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It also implemented an ongoing tracking system of the visitor economy so the…

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    Kent, United Kingdom, Mid-Kent Downs AONB Unit



    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.

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    Namibia, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP



    Ministry of Environment and Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP,

    This project was commissioned to review the national tourism information system and system of tourism statistics, and make relevant recommendations and project proposals in order to strengthen the operational capacity of the Ministry of Environment…

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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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    France, Comité Régional du Tourisme Nord-Pas-de-Calais



    Comité Régional du Tourisme Nord-Pas-de-Calais,

    There are a large number of World War I and II sites in Northern France, some of which are well-known, but most are relatively unknown. These were assessed to provide a strategy for developing and marketing them to UK visitors; special focus was…

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    South Pacific, South Pacific Tourism Organisation



    South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

    Detailed market profiles of backpacking, diving and cultural tourism in the South Pacific region. The purpose of this study was to enable specialised and small-scale operators to understand these segments and thus help diversify the region’s market…

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    Surrey, United Kingdom, National Trust



    National Trust,

    Acorn provided market-led options for the development of the house at Leith Hill, a National Trust estate in Surrey, as part of a Conservation Management Plan led by associates ACTA.

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism



    Department of Tourism,

    In 2000, Acorn developed an offline tourism statistics database to assist with measuring and reporting on inbound and domestic tourism, and the activities of all businesses in the tourism sector, using Microsoft Access. In 2014 this system was…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    The Tourism Marketing Strategy (2020-2025) was commissioned by the Falkland Islands Tourist Board (FITB) to update and replace the previous Tourism Marketing Strategy 2016-2025 (developed by Acorn) following the disruption caused by the COVID-19…

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    Marshall Islands, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, European Union



    South Pacific Tourism Organisation, European Union,

    Following the implementation of a visitor survey undertaken by Acorn in the Marshall Islands, data was collected from secondary sources regarding the supply side of the tourism sector and a first experimental tourism satellite account was compiled.

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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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    Berkshire, United Kingdom, Thames Water



    Thames Water,

    The disused Turbine House on the Kennet and Avon Canal was in need of restoration. Working with a diverse stakeholders and associates Allen Scott, we developed a vision for the area and a feasibility study to inform a bid to the Heritage Lottery…

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    Namibia, Millennium Challenge Corporation



    Millennium Challenge Corporation,

    Development of a project tracking tool for the Millennium Challenge Account team in Namibia to determine the impact of their various tourism sector projects on visitor arrivals and activities in the country.

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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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Sustainable tourism - Leave No Trace

Sustainability is the key to a positive future for tourism

Embedding sustainable practices into all aspects of a tourism business has become more common these days.  It is widely understood that sustainability is key to minimise the negative impacts (such as over tourism, exploitation of children and wild animals, inauthentic tourism activities and poorly paid seasonal jobs) and maximise the positive impacts (such as promoting cultural heritage, job creation for economic independence, protection of wildlife species and habitats, job creation, community-led tourism).

A digital world

Digital Transformation in the Tourism Sector

Digitalisation has transformed the way companies do business.  In the tourism industry, purchasing flights online and booking hotel rooms on the Internet marked the early days of digital transformation in the sector.  

Caribbean island, blue tourism

Three unique challenges to sustainable tourism in islands

Blue tourism is a term used to describe Coastal and Maritime tourism. The sector has become an increasing source of income for destinations with attractive coastlines thanks to the development of multiple tourism activities such as cruise tourism, boating, watersports, scuba diving, marine life observation, fishing and recreational use of beaches. However, these activities often put a lot of pressure on local ecosystems and tend to damage the destinations’ environmental assets, which, very often are what visitors are attracted to in the destination. Sustainable development of these blue tourism destinations is therefore becoming critical to avoid altering their natural resources to a point of no return. 

Resident Visitor Survey for destination sustainable development.

The one stakeholder NOT to forget…!

Sustainable 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.



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