Blog (All Blogs) - Acorn Tourism

  • Navigating a Circular Economy: challenges and opportunities for island based MSME accommodation providers

    Navigating a Circular Economy: challenges and opportunities for island based MSME accommodation providers

    Read time: 4 mins

    The use of circular economy concepts for hospitality businesses has been on the rise in recent years and is a useful way to reduce the environmental impact of their operational practices. In 2022 Acorn Tourism worked with Buro Happold on a World Bank funded project ‘Circular and Resilient Tourism on Small Islands and in Coastal Destinations’. For this project we travelled to Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and The Gambia to engage with the private sector to better understand the current opportunities and constraints they face in developing a circular economy model.

  • Overtourism

    Using Data to Avoid Overtourism: Creating Smarter Destinations

    Read time: 2 mins

    Pre-pandemic, the term overtourism was being increasingly used as popular destinations struggled to cope with demand.  It was seldom spoken about in 2021 when focus shifted to encouraging visitors out of their homes to travel freely again, and breathing life back into economies and businesses. 

  • Business and Marketing: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

    Business and Marketing: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

    Read time: 1 mins

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • Acorn Tourism Climate Action Plan

    Celebrating Milestones, Awards, Longstanding Relationships and Our Continued Support to Sustainable Tourism Development

    Read time: 4 mins

    The beginning of 2023 has been a busy one, not only are we celebrating our big 21st Birthday in February, but we have also been awarded with a Green Tourism Gold Award for our ongoing commitment towards sustainability, within our office and operations.  We have also just released or Green Climate Action Plan for 2023, a requirement as a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration. The Glasgow Declaration was launched at COP 26, with the commitment, alongside many other tourism stakeholders, to halve our emissions by 2030.

  • Social Wellbeing

    Social Well-being: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management

    Read time: 1 min

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • Culture and Traditions: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Culture and Traditions: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Read time: 1 min

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • Environment and Climate: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Environment and Climate: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Read time: 2 mins

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • Nature and Conservation: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Nature and Conservation: What are the next steps towards sustainable destination management?

    Read time: 1 min

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • Organisation and Planning: What are the next steps for sustainable destination development?

    Organisation and Planning: What are the next steps for sustainable destination development?

    Read time: 1 min

    Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

  • World Tourism Day, Re-Thinking Tourism

    World Tourism Day, Re-Thinking Tourism

    Read time: 2 mins

    As we celebrate the UNWTO’s World Tourism Day with the theme ‘Re-Thinking Tourism’, one can’t help but look back at the highs and (many) lows that the Tourism Industry has experienced over the last three years. And, although the lows were very low, we must look to the future and be thankful in a way that tourism did slow for a small while, as it gave us the unique and needed opportunity and realisation that there was a dire need for the tourism industry to stop and ‘re-think’ its future development.

  • How can you grow your business with online bookings?

    How can you grow your business with online bookings?

    Read time: 1 min

    Online bookings are increasingly popular as they provide a convenient, trustworthy experience for customers, allowing them to book services from anywhere at any time, with real time information, while having full control over the experience.

  • Everything you need to know about using a website to grow your business.

    Everything you need to know about using a website to grow your business.

    Read time: 1 min

    Your website is the face of your business, and a powerful tool to connect with your customers, present your products and services and grow your business. A great website can make or break your business. It is increasingly becoming essential for customers to find out about your business.

  • Courses to help boost your knowledge on Sustainable Tourism

    Courses to help boost your knowledge on Sustainable Tourism

    Read time: 3 mins

    Here at Acorn Tourism Consulting, we believe in the strength of working together to build a greater sustainable future for the tourism sector and beyond. We have been promoting some sustainable tourism through our social media platforms and decided that it would be helpful to also collate them all into one blog.

  • Can email newsletter help you grow your business?

    Can email newsletter help you grow your business?

    Read time: 1 min

    It is good business practice to keep in regular contact with contacts on your database and email newsletters, which are easy and cheap to produce, are the best way of doing this.  Broadly, email newsletters are the first step towards generating a sale at some point in the future.

  • The one magic sentence that will ensure you are doing it right

    The one magic sentence that will ensure you are doing it right

    Read time: 2 mins

    Some may tell you that there is no magic potion for success in business, whatever industry, or sector one is working in. We disagree. There is one principle that, if followed, will almost always bring success: ...

  • Which sustainability certification should tourism businesses choose?

    Which sustainability certification should tourism businesses choose?

    Read time: 3 mins

    Tourism businesses are facing increasing pressures to conduct their activity in a sustainable way to reduce their impact on the planet and contribution to climate change or biodiversity loss. A sustainability certification for tourism businesses can help provide structure and guidance with clearly defined steps to take to achieve these sustainability goals.

  • How to use marketing to tackle sustainability issues?

    How to use marketing to tackle sustainability issues?

    Read time: 3 mins

    Tourism often plays an important role in a destination’s economic development, bringing in visitors to spend money in local businesses, inward investment to develop infrastructure and providing jobs for residents. However, managing a destination sustainably is not an easy task. Tourism, if not planned and managed appropriately can become destructive – over tourism, degradation of the environment, loss of culture, disruption of local community’s lives, seasonality, etc.

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