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.
  3. Butcher's window
    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
    20
    years

Where We Work

Number of results: 287

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    Wealden, United Kingdom, Wealden District Council

    Telephone

    18655

    Wealden District Council ,

    A robust analysis of Wealden’s visitor economy was undertaken to inform the next tourism strategy and marketing action plan. It was clear that increased business engagement was a priority to ensure a collaborative approach to creating and delivering…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council

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    15000

    Hastings Borough Council,

    This project required the preparation of a Destination Management Strategy and plan for Living, Learning and Business Investment in the Hastings-Bexhill Urban Area, to complement the recently published 1066 Country Destination Management Strategy.

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    Namibia, Namibia Tourism Board

    Telephone

    180000

    Namibia Tourism Board,

    Design and implementation of a domestic tourism survey in Namibia to assess the scope and economic impact of domestic travel. Included design of the survey, interviewer training, pilot testing, tracking a 3,000 household survey, analysis and…

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    South Africa, Statistics South Africa

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    25000

    Statistics South Africa,

    Study to design and develop a national domestic tourism survey that included the data collection instrument, sample size and selection, and implementation of a pilot survey to assess its viability before the full launch as an annual and ongoing…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

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    12000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Assistance to the Falkland Islands Tourist Board providing regular updates on the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and development of a scenario model to project visitor numbers and expenditure over a 12-month period depending on a range of…

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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.

  7. Address

    Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Tourism, Boston Consulting Group

    Telephone

    36000

    Ministry of Tourism, Boston Consulting Group,

    Assessment of the existing tourism product and markets visiting the Asir province of Saudi Arabia, followed by the identification of a series of development options to encourage domestic and international tourism, in particular for adventure and…

  8. Address

    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre

    Telephone

    5000

    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed report about the Generation Y market segment was required to support SME’s to prepare their tourism product for the European market.

  9. Address

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

    Telephone

    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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    Latvia, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, European Union

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    8000

    Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, European Union,

    Study to assess the existing collection and organisation of tourism information in Latvia, and propose a national system to provide all the regional tourism information offices with up-to-date information on the sector.

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP

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    86000

    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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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

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    2000

    London Borough of Camden,

    Camden needed to know what tourism, arts and creative industry data sources were available for London and the Borough and how they could most effectively improve these resources or commission new research.

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    Hungary, Hungary Ministry of Tourism, European Union

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    35000

    Hungary Ministry of Tourism, European Union,

    Study to establish the most effective and efficient delivery systems for distributing tourism information to existing and potential visitors to Hungary, tour operators and travel agents, travel writers and researchers, as well as within the…

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    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, Visit Lincoln

    Telephone

    4000

    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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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Government

    Telephone

    10000

    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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    Worldwide

    Telephone

    5000

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

  17. Address

    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

    Telephone

    18000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Design, development and implementation of a green tourism scheme for accommodation establishments in the Falkland Islands. This raised environmental awareness amongst operators and visitors, and improved energy and waste practices.

  18. Address

    Namibia, Millennium Challenge Corporation

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    12000

    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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    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

    Telephone

    5000

    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    A series of business guides was required to support SME’s in developing countries to prepare their tourism product for the European market with the overarching aim of stimulating sustainable economic development in the tourism sector.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, High Weald AONB Joint Advisory Committee

    Telephone

    5000

    High Weald AONB Joint Advisory Committee,

    A review of tourism in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was undertaken to inform managers, the Joint Advisory Committee, about how the area is used and enjoyed by visitors and how public understanding and enjoyment could be improved.

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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
    4. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  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 202231 Dec 2022
  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 202231 Dec 2022
  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 202231 Dec 2022
  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 202231 Dec 2022
  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 202231 Dec 2022

"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

How to become a sustainable destination?

How to become a sustainable destination?

Managing a destination sustainably is not an easy task, and there are various threats and challenges that destinations are increasingly facing.  And carbon offsetting and planting trees will, unfortunately, not be enough.  From threats linked to climate change and increasing GHG atmospheric concentrations to challenges related to the wellbeing of the population and visitors, the management of waste, energy, water but also culture and heritage, and the engagement of local businesses, it can sometimes be challenging to identify the next steps a destination should take.

20 years later… what has changed?

20 years later… what has changed?

On the 10th of January 2002, Alison Burgh and Kevin Millington created Acorn Tourism Consulting Ltd. In 20 years, the tourism industry has evolved dramatically, our work has significantly changed, but the people that we have met along the way have remained as inspiring and resilient!

What is the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories?

What is the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories?

The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories is an annual competition launched in 2014 to help destinations at different stages of their journey towards sustainable and regenerative tourism. The Top 100 is an effective tool for every destination, whether they are looking to learn more about reporting and communicating sustainability, wanting to establish themselves as an industry leader by sharing an innovative project implemented, or looking for an achievable yet ambitious first step to learn more about destination sustainability guidelines.

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.

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