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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


  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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:


  1. Successfully completed
  2. Enjoyed working with
  3. Delivered projects in
  4. Served the sector for

Where We Work

Number of results: 246

, currently showing 41 to 60.

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    Switzerland, Ministry of Labour, UNWTO



    Ministry of Labour, UNWTO,

    This study was commissioned by the Swiss Ministry of Labour and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to undertake an assessment of the Swiss tourism product, the key source markets, and competing destinations in Europe.

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    Belgium, European Union



    European Union,

    Feasibility study of a large online tourism statistics and information database for the European Union. The aim of the database was to provide a central resource of tourism data that could be presented in an innovative way to assist all EU…

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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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    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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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, WAVES - World Bank



    Department of Tourism, WAVES - World Bank,

    Research into the data available and feasibility of developing a natural capital account (NCA) for Botswana under the World Bank WAVES Project. A methodology for developing the natural capital account was developed, which would provide Botswana…

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    Wales, United Kingdom, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB



    Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB,

    Stakeholder consultation, workshops, tour operator interviews and market analysis were used to identify the options to integrate local tourism services to create and distribute tourism packages for this protected area of north Wales.

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    Palau, Belau Tourism Association



    Belau Tourism Association,

    Implemented an international visitor survey for the Belau Tourism Association at Koror Airport on departing visitors. The survey was carried out using iPads, over one year, with a sample size of 6,000. Training, data analysis and reporting were…

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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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    Sussex, United Kingdom, Tate’s of Sussex



    Tate’s of Sussex,

    The South Downs Heritage Centre applied for planning permission for an education barn and nine eco-lodges. Acorn undertook an assessment of the need and demand for the South Downs Rural Crafts and Heritage Centre and full planning permission was…

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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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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Study to undertake a cruise tourism strategy to reverse the fortunes of the sector, which had gone from a peak of 62,500 cruise visitors in 2008 to less than half of this in 2014. The study included considerable industry consultations in the…

  12. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Private Insurance Company



    Private Insurance Company,

    Risk assessment for Launch PR (with the lead client being an insurance company) to determine the risks of dying on 10 different types of holiday. A model was developed and loaded with risk coefficients that enabled the calculation of the odds on…

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    Spain, UNWTO




    Study to generate forecasts of arrivals in every country of the world to 2020, and to identify the tourism megatrends that were expected to shape the growth of tourism over this 22 year period. A tourism demand model was developed, dividing the…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Designed and implemented an accommodation accreditation scheme for serviced and self-catering accommodation in the Falkland Islands. The system, which was launched in 2013, is updated each year with an inspection of all participating establishments.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Eastbourne Borough Council



    Eastbourne Borough Council,

    Robust evidence was needed to inform future planning policy and the Seafront Local Plan. Current and future demand for tourist accommodation was assessed to advise on development of new hotels, visitor accommodation and change of use applications.

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    Ryedale, United Kingdom, Ryedale District Council



    Ryedale District Council,

    Study to identify outdoor adventure sports that could be developed in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. These included coastal sports, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving and air sports.

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    Mongolia, Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    This study assessed the system of tourism statistics in Mongolia and used existing data to estimate the economic impact of tourism in the country’s economy.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Tourism East Sussex



    Tourism East Sussex,

    This study was commissioned to provide a greater understanding of the potential of Visitor Payback Schemes and how they might be implemented in East Sussex. Whilst the study assessed the potential for a scheme at Seven Sisters Country Park, the…

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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank



    Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank,

    This project brought together all the tourism statistics that had been collected over the previous 10 years and consolidated them in an online tourism statistics database that was programmed specifically for Lesotho. It also included improved data…

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    Europe, Mintel




    Niche market report covering European Rail Tourism that looks at the major European tourist trains and journeys that travel both in-country and internationally, explores rail pass options and the Railway Tourist, including the future for the sector.

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Featured Projects


  1. 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
  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. Kayaking and other outdoor activities were part of this business plan for planning application for an estate in Surrey
    This private estate needed initial feasibility and planning advice to restore a 100-acre site with sand pit and lakes to create a viable water-based natural attraction, which opened to the public in 2018.
    1. 1 Mar 20161 Feb 2017
    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. Senegal
    Assessment of the current demand for tourism in Senegal, creating a detailed profile of existing and potential visitors to the country. Using this data, the study developed a long list of potential investment projects to satisfy the expected demand over the next 10 years.
    1. 1 Feb 20191 Aug 2019
    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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