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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Where We Work

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    Warwickshire, United Kingdom, Wellesbourne Parish Council



    Wellesbourne Parish Council,

    Acorn proposed developing this wheelwright and blacksmith yard into a working museum with a blacksmith employed to operate the site. These proposals helped Chedham’s Yard to win funding from the BBC’s Restoration Village in 2006.

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    Worldwide, Mintel




    A report on the dynamic and growing niche tourism market of gastronomy and culinary experiences that explores major food destinations worldwide, food tourism influences and activities, who are food tourists and how the travel industry packages such…

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    Hungary, Hungary Ministry of Tourism, European Union



    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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    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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    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre



    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A comprehensive study about the Multi-Gen market segment was required to support SME’s to prepare their tourism product for the European market.

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Enplan




    Developers needed an options appraisal to identify uses for a Grade 2* listed Pugin chapel. Acorn identified options that would maximize benefit to local communities, residents and contribute to local economic, artistic and cultural regeneration.

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    Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council



    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.

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    Aberdeen, United Kingdom, VisitScotland




    Study commissioned by VisitScotland to establish the current and future growth of outdoor activities within the United Kingdom, in order to predict outdoor activity holiday trends for leisure and business tourism in Scotland up to the year 2005 and…

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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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    Saudi Arabia, Private Client



    Private Client,

    Market feasibility study for a luxury resort targeting the Saudi and expatriate markets in the country. This included identifying the best location for the resort based on available infrastructure and proximity to the markets. The study also…

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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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    Lesotho, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank



    Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation, World Bank,

    Study to assess the existing system of tourism statistics and make recommendations to develop them into a robust set of surveys, analysis and reporting activities. The study also determined the readiness in Lesotho for the development of a first…

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    Botswana, Department of Tourism, UNWTO, UNDP



    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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    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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    Hampshire, United Kingdom, Rural Ways, Tourism South East



    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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    London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    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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    Scotland, United Kingdom, VisitScotland




    Study of national and international trends (in particular in the United States and Germany) related to accommodation development, in order to provide hotel investors in Scotland with a focused report on changes in the sector.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Implemented a Digital Marketing Strategy for the Falkland Islands Tourist Board with the overall aim of increasing awareness of the Falklands as a holiday destination. Individual tasks included email marketing through newsletters, Facebook…

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    North West England, United Kingdom, North West Development Agency



    North West Development Agency,

    This study was commissioned by the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to review the data collection and processing procedures of tourism intelligence covering the areas of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.

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    Worldwide, CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre



    CBI - The Netherlands Enterprise Centre,

    A detailed study into Community-base tourism (CBT) was required to support SMEs and local communities to prepare their tourism product for the European market.

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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
  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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Resident Visitor Survey for destination sustainable development.

The one stakeholder NOT to forget…!

/information/resourcesSustainable 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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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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