Traditional dancers on South Pacific Island participating in cultural tourism

About

Summary 

Acorn was commissioned by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), which represents 18 countries and island destinations in the South Pacific region, to produce detailed market profiles of backpacking, diving and cultural tourism in the South Pacific region.  

The objective of the research was to provide practical and specific advice for Micro SME’s in the tourism industry on how to develop suitable tourism products to meet the expectations of its consumers and help diversify the region’s marketing mix.  The niche markets of backpacking, diving and culture were selected as they had been identified in an earlier study as the major growth markets for the region’s tourism sector.  

Our Approach

Research for each report involved comprehensive research from a wide range of reliable sources worldwide that included industry experts, tourism organisations, stakeholders and tour operators, along with a number of other key sources.  A wide range of quantitative and qualitative data was compiled for each niche.

Primary research in the form of more than 50 face-to-face and telephone consultations was conducted with both specialist and general tour operators from the major source markets, including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and Japan, who offered key insights into the market demand and consumer expectations, from both the company and clients’ perspectives.  

As a consequence, Acorn was able to build up a complete and detailed overview of each niche market in the region to help SPTO advise SME’s how to develop suitable and sustainable tourism products for future growth.

Outcome

Combining the findings from both primary and secondary research sources, a thorough overview of current tourism to the South Pacific within each niche was produced.  Detailed findings included a complete understanding of the current market including arrivals and market characteristics data.  

Based on the research findings, specific consumer expectations for each niche were profiled and the region’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities were outlined.  

Acorn was used this robust research to identify specific areas for product improvement and development and recommended marketing initiatives and the most relevant promotional channels for local tour operators and service suppliers could use.

Directions

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Backpacking, Cultural and Diving Niche Market Profiles for the South Pacific

Client:

South Pacific Tourism Organisation,

Location:

South Pacific
South Pacific Tourism Organisation

This project contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Acorn AwardsSDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work 2020

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