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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    This practical guide was aimed at supporting SMEs in developing countries to compete effectively in the European tourism market for cultural tourism.

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    City of London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation



    City of London Corporation,

    Assessment of the impact of the Culture Mile Pop-Up Art programme through observations and interviews with 200 persons showing a level of interest in the installations. Also included interviews with local businesses seeking the views of owners…

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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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    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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    Albania, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, UNWTO



    SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, UNWTO,

    Design and implementation of a visitor survey and accommodation occupancy survey for the Korça region. This data was used to better understand tourism in the region as well as make an estimate of the economic significance of tourism.

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    Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism



    Saudi Arabia Ministry of Tourism,

    Study to establish a market research and statistics unit within the Supreme Commission for Tourism to measure the volume, characteristics and value of tourism in the country. This involved the establishment of a number of surveys and other primary…

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    Saint Lucia, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, European Union



    Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, European Union,

    Research, design and implementation of a tourism market research system for the nine OECS member states in the Caribbean. The online tourism resource was aimed at helping the countries to compete more effectively within the American and European…

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    Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, United Kingdom, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea



    Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea,

    Study to determine the demand and additional expenditure that would be generated in Kensington and Chelsea, as well as the rest of London, from visitors if a Crossrail station was developed on the King's Road.

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    An extensive guide detailing the steps needed to help tourism businesses improve their online presence through a well-designed and executed website development strategy.

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    Northumberland, United Kingdon, NewcastleGateshead Initiative



    NewcastleGateshead Initiative,

    Newcastle Gateshead Initiative contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2011 to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system for the area, and were one of the first destinations to implement and help pioneer the system.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Government



    Falkland Islands Government,

    Evaluation of rural tourism and self-catering accommodation market trends, appraisal of supply and demand for accommodation on Saunders Island in the Falklands, and an assessment of the business viability for a new self-catering accommodation…

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    Royal Borough of Greenwich, United Kingdom, Visit Greenwich



    Visit Greenwich,

    Visit Greenwich is the Royal Borough of Greenwich Destination Management Company tasked with the development of tourism in the borough. In 2015 they contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system for the area.

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    Borough of Camden, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    London Borough of Camden,

    Study commissioned by the London Borough of Camden to use existing local and regional data, in tandem with a survey of local businesses, to assess and estimate the net economic impact of the 2012 Olympic Games and forecast visitor demand in 2013.

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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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    Samoa, Samoa Tourism Authority, New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)



    Samoa Tourism Authority, New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP),

    This two-part study was aimed at understanding inbound tourism, in particular the expenditure patterns of inbound visitors, and to develop an economic impact assessment model for all forms of tourism in Samoa.

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    Saudi Arabia, Private Client



    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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    Kent, United Kingdom, Visit Kent, Kent County Council, EU Interreg IVa Two Seas



    Visit Kent, Kent County Council, EU Interreg IVa Two Seas,

    An audit and analysis of the signage and potential development assets along the Kent coast which highlighted how the visitor experience could be enhanced by improved signage and product development opportunities identified for the private sector.

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    Fiji, South Pacific Tourism Organisation



    South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

    21-month study looking in detail at the systems of tourism statistics in 15 P-ACP Pacific countries, making recommendations and implementing improvements, developing a regional online tourism statistics database for the Pacific, and training.

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    Saudi Arabia, Saudi Tourism Authority



    Saudi Tourism Authority,

    The Saudi Tourism Authority established a target of identifying, designing and supporting 200 experiences under the brand of “Amazing 200”. These experiences were targeted at the mid-value, high-value and VIP segments and had to meet pre-agreed…

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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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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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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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