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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Acorn Tourism Consulting has:


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  3. Delivered projects in
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Where We Work

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    Falkland Islands, The Falklander Limited



    The Falklander Limited,

    Development of a prospectus to encourage investment for a chain of luxury lodges in the Falkland Islands. This included research, design, production, printing and distribution of the final document.

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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Lambeth



    London Borough of Lambeth,

    Acorn's Business Plan provided Lambeth Council’s Parks Department with a viable model to generate income by creating a café in one of the disused buildings on Streatham Common, providing additional facilities for users of the adjacent playground.

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    Borough of Camden, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    London Borough of Camden,

    Study to investigate potential opportunities that Camden could pursue during the period prior to and during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, identifying key strategic opportunities relating to 2012 that would have an impact on promoting Camden.

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    City and County of Swansea, United Kingdom, Skyline Luge



    Skyline Luge,

    Market and feasibility assessment of a luge, zipwire and restaurant leisure development in Swansea. Included a demand assessment, survey of local residents, assessment of local attractions and accommodation, and current trends in visitor…

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    Africa, Mintel




    A report to identify the leading destinations in Africa for driving holidays, outlining the practicalities and to identify the driving tourist.

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    London, United Kingdom, Switzerland Tourism



    Switzerland Tourism,

    Switzerland Tourism used Harrods shop windows and in-store space for a marketing campaign. Acorn undertook a survey of visitors entering and passing by the store to assess the effectiveness of the campaign.

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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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    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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    East of England, United Kingdom, Natural England



    Natural England,

    Sustainable tourism itineraries were developed for six protected landscapes in the East of England, working closely with local tourism businesses. Visitors were encouraged to explore the local area without using their cars.

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    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Visit Lincoln



    Visit Lincoln,

    Visit Lincoln is a Community Interest Company and the city’s official Destination Management Organisation. To track tourism activity in the region, Visit Lincoln contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2015 to implement our online tourism statistics system.

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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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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    The study provided a detailed picture of the global cruise industry and offered a wide range of advice and tips including how to plan and market a cruise and selling shore excursions to passengers. Clear segmentation by cruise type and passenger…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Rye Town Council



    Rye Town Council,

    Study to investigate the feasibility of developing the Strand Car Park in Rye, which has capacity for around 25 cars, into a pedestrian plaza. The rationale was to provide a valuable amenity area that would attract both visitors and residents.

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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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    County Durham, United Kingdom, Visit County Durham



    Visit County Durham,

    Visit County Durham is the destination management organisation for Durham coordinating the promotion of the county nationally and internationally. In 2015 Visit County Durham contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics…

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    Cotswolds, United Kingdom, Cotswolds Tourism



    Cotswolds Tourism,

    The Cotswolds covers a huge area of almost 800 square miles in central England. To assist with monitoring and managing the sector, Cotswolds Tourism contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2011 to implement our online tourism statistics tracking system for the…

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    Kent, United Kingdom, Canterbury City Council



    Canterbury City Council,

    Reculver Country Park needed a Masterplan to rejuvenate the once thriving destination. Our market led approach clearly identified the need to provide for green tourism and move away for the traditional static caravan market.

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    Kenya, Kenya Tourism Federation



    Kenya Tourism Federation,

    The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) commissioned this study to estimate the value of tourism in Kenya, and through value chain analysis determine its competitiveness, the challenges It faced, and to make recommendations to accelerate growth and…

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP



    Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP,

    Study to further enhance the tourism statistical infrastructure in Botswana following the successful 1999-2000 Development of a System of Tourism Statistics project, and to compile a first experimental Tourism Satellite Account (TSA).

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    Botswana, Botswana Department of Tourism, World Bank



    Botswana Department of Tourism, World Bank,

    An analysis of existing research and extensive consultations, advised tourism policy-makers in Botswana how nature-based tourism contributes to sustainable natural resource management, economic diversification and poverty alleviation.

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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
    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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