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.
  5. Woman leaning out of train window
    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: 283

, currently showing 21 to 40.

  1. Address

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

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    52000

    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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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation

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    18000

    Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation,

    The Research and Development Department within the Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation (LTDC) required a system to collect, compile and disseminate tourism statistics in the country, and contracted Acorn to implement their T-Stats system for…

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    Zanzibar, Tanzania, Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors

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    36000

    Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors,

    Marketing and branding strategy commissioned by the Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors to develop a realistic marketing plan, budget and source of funds from both the public and private sectors for implementation.

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    Jersey, United Kingdom, Jersey

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    2000

    Jersey,

    Jersey’s mission is to work collaboratively with the industry and government to promote tourism to and within Jersey in an innovative, economic and efficient way. Jersey contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2019 to implement our T-Stats Essentials online…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Private Client

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    5000

    Private Client,

    Evaluation of rural tourism and self-catering accommodation market trends, appraisal of supply and demand for accommodation in the area, and assessment of the business viability for a self-catering accommodation operation.

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP

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    120000

    Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP,

    This one-year project focused on strengthening the Research and Statistics Unit by setting up a system of tourism statistics and developing a comprehensive tourism statistics database to formalise the storage, processing and retrieval of data.

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    Worldwide, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    A niche market report examining the range of activities associated with underwater tourism, the global value of the market, the major destinations, the benefits of tourism to coastal communities and long term impacts to habitats and marine life.

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Centre

    Telephone

    5000

    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed study into the Baby Boomer traveller market was required to support SMEs prepare suitable tourism products for the European market segment.

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    Papua New Guinea, Papaua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority

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    30000

    Papaua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority,

    Papua New Guinea commissioned this study to better understand the economic impact of tourism compared to other sectors in the economy. The Tourism Satellite Account generates some of the most important measures for this, including tourism direct…

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    Bristol, United Kingdom, Bristol City Council, Future Parks Accelerator, Bristol

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    10000

    Bristol City Council, Future Parks Accelerator , Bristol

    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…

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    Ethiopia, Great Ethiopian Run plc

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    10000

    Great Ethiopian Run plc,

    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…

  12. Address

    Jordan, Jordan Inbound Tour Operator Association, USAID

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    15000

    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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    Albania, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

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    22000

    SNV Netherlands Development Organisation,

    Study to improve the national system of tourism statistics and develop an experimental TSA for Albania. This included the implementation of inbound visitor and accommodation utilisation surveys, and the design and development of an online tourism…

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency

    Telephone

    5000

    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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    United Kingdom, South Downs National Park Authority (SNDPA)

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    30000

    South Downs National Park Authority (SNDPA),

    A project that assessed the impact on the environment and cultural heritage that visitors have when they visit the South Downs National Park. Issues found were mostly localised and reversible, but visitor management and education were highlighted as…

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    San Andres Colombia, Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR

    Telephone

    60000

    Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR,

    Market research, stakeholder consultation and workshops in San Andres and Providencia were used to identify nautical tourism products that could attract new niche audiences to these two Colombian owned islands in the western Caribbean.

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    City of London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation

    Telephone

    5000

    City of London Corporation,

    The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile in London with the task of developing and promoting the area to visitors. To assist with planning, marketing and monitoring tourism they contracted Acorn T-Stats in 2013 to…

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    Jordan, Ministry of Tourism, USAID

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    35000

    Ministry of Tourism, USAID,

    Designed the questionnaire for a new comprehensive exit survey for international visitors to Jordan. The key role was to bring together the Ministry of Tourism, Central Statistics Office and Jordan Tourist Board to ensure cross-organisation…

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    Scandinavia, Mintel

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    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.

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    Fiji, South Pacific Tourism Organisation

    Telephone

    130000

    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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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
  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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Blogs

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.

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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