Blog (Sustainability) - Acorn Tourism

  • Empowering sustainable tourism

    Leading from the top: how tourism boards can drive the sector towards a more sustainable future

    Read time: 4 mins

    Tourism boards, both national and regional can play a vital role in supporting their destinations sustainable development. Historically, the traditional role of a tourism board was to market the destination, helping to grow visitor numbers and spending as the main goal. However, with the growing interest and need for the tourism industry to increase its sustainability practices tourism boards must take a more strategic approach. This includes shifting from a streamlined focus on marketing and putting emphasis on research, analysis, development and planning for the destination’s future development.

  • ITB Berlin 2024: Sustainability, Aqaba and Awards

    ITB Berlin 2024: Sustainability, Aqaba and Awards

    Read time: 1 min

    In early March, Director Alison Burgh travelled to ITB Berlin by train as part of Acorn Tourism’s ongoing CBI project work in Jordan. As always, it was a busy few days packed with meetings, awards and some extremely exciting milestones for Aqaba, Jordan.

  • Key trends in tourism for 2024 spearheaded by sustainability and regeneration

    Key trends in tourism for 2024 spearheaded by sustainability and regeneration

    Read time: 2 mins

    Making the transition to a sustainable business is no longer just a trend. It is now an urgent and essential task to tackle the climate crisis and meet the commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Tourism is a major contributor to global climate change and the sector is forecast to grow over the coming years. To manage tourism growth responsibly, urgent steps are required.

  • 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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Bellhurst  Trust Carbon offsetting East Sussex

    Acorn Supports Carbon Offsetting and Local Biodiversity Projects

    Read time: 1 minute

    As part of our journey towards carbon neutrality to help compensate our emissions we already support a flight offsetting charity called Atmosfair.   Our donations provide efficient cooking stoves in Lesotho which save 80% of energy, produce less smoke and avoids deforestation reducing the need for firewood.  We chose this charity in Lesotho as we have worked there and work regularly in sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • Sustainability Competitions

    Which global competitions would suit your business or initiative?

    Read time: 2 min

    Alongside sustainability certification, there has been a growing number of competitions arising throughout the travel industry around sustainable development and growth. Some of these competitions help to promote businesses and initiatives, whilst others provide funding and support to help organisations prosper and grow in a sustainable and regenerative manner.

  • 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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