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
    21
    years

Where We Work

Number of results: 273

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  1. Address

    Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council

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    10000

    Hastings Borough Council,

    A feasibility study for a modern interpretive education centre based in Hastings Country Park that would serve both visitors and local residents and generate revenue streams through franchising various services.

  2. Address

    Spain, UNWTO

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    18000

    UNWTO,

    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) commissioned the research and writing of a manual on Data Collection and Analysis for Tourism Management, Marketing and Planning. The manual explains the differences between the major data…

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    Syrian Arab Rebublic, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO

    Telephone

    15000

    Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO,

    Review of the system of tourism statistics in Syria, with recommendations for improvements to broaden the scope and timeliness of data collection and dissemination, and establish a computerised tourism statistics database.

  4. Address

    Fiji, South Pacific Tourism Organisation

    Telephone

    12000

    South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

    Acorn was contracted by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) to develop an online tourism statistics database to provide a pan-Pacific system of tourism data that would benefit all SPTO member countries, and assist the SPTO to track tourism…

  5. Address

    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.

  6. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Private Insurance Company

    Telephone

    12000

    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…

  7. Address

    Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, World Bank

    Telephone

    140000

    World Bank,

    This project was designed to assist the development of a World Bank lending operation Unleashing the Blue Economy of the Eastern Caribbean (UBEEC) and also inform the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP) by identifying the key…

  8. Address

    Worldwide, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel ,

    Specialist niche market report on wine tourism around the world that examines the state of the global wine market and how wine tourism has become a key component of the industry as wineries strive to diversify beyond production.

  9. Address

    Vietnam, European Union

    Telephone

    750000

    European Union,

    Provided technical assistance to Vietnam for the development of market research to improve the competitiveness of the tourism sector. This included a system of tourism statistics and the design of a national tourism database for tracking and…

  10. Address

    North London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

    Telephone

    18000

    London Borough of Camden,

    Study to provide up-to-date information on the importance of visitors to Camden, and to ensure that future policy decisions incorporated a detailed understanding of the benefits and potential conflicts that large numbers of visitors bring to the…

  11. Address

    Borough of Camden, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden

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    12000

    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.

  12. Address

    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

    Telephone

    10000

    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Analysis of six niche markets that were identified as having potential for development in the Falkland Islands; these were: birdwatching, fishing, conflict tourism, trekking, marine tourism, and yachting. Each profile included the identification of…

  13. Address

    Hampshire, United Kingdom, Rural Ways, Tourism South East

    Telephone

    10000

    Rural Ways, Tourism South East,

    Nine short break outdoor activity itineraries were developed in Kent, West Sussex and Hampshire Tourism South East’s Rural Ways website. The itineraries promoted walking, cycling, equestrian activities, where to stay, eat, drink, buy local produce…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board

    Telephone

    30000

    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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    Borough of Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

    Telephone

    16000

    London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames,

    Survey of residents and visitors to 10 attractions within Richmond-upon-Thames to find out how they had travelled to the attraction, and what would encourage them to travel to the destination using a sustainable means of transport.

  16. Address

    Worldwide, Mintel

    Telephone

    2500

    Mintel,

    Specialist niche market report on International Rail Packages that profiles the leading rail package operators, their trains and journeys; how the product is marketed and sold; who the rail consumer is, and what the future holds for the sector.

  17. Address

    Worldwide, CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre

    Telephone

    5000

    CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed study into Sport Tourism and the European market was required to support SME’s and local communities to prepare their tourism product for the market.

  18. Address

    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…

  19. Address

    London, United Kingdom, Visit England

    Telephone

    26000

    Visit England,

    Study for the design and development of an online database to store a wide range of tourism statistics from Visit England’s surveys, as well as from other bodies, into a system that could be interrogated easily to generate useful reports for…

  20. Address

    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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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

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. 

Elephant riding

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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3 Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road,
Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR, UK

+44 (0) 1580 879970

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