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Summary 

Bird watching is one of the most popular outdoor leisure activities worldwide and Europeans are enthusiastic birders who are keen to travel abroad to tick exotic birds off their list.  This study to identify opportunities on the European bird watching tourism market was commissioned by the CBI, part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.  Part of a three-year market research programme with Acorn Tourism, this bird watching tourism business guide formed one part of a comprehensive series of produce development business guides to support SMEs in developing countries to enter the European market for tourism.  

Our Approach 

Acorn Tourism undertook extensive research into the bird watching tourism segment to identify key issues in the sector.  Many countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America have extremely diverse bird life and are excellent destinations for birding.  However, conservation and best practice are key features of a sustainable and successful birding destination and tips for developing suitable bird watching tourism products were provided. 

Acorn’s research also included analysing birder profiles and other segments that could be interested in taking part in birding activities on a casual basis, which offers opportunities for tourism providers working in other niches, such as nature and ecotourism.  Sales channels were explored along with tips for doing business with European tour operators and reaching the FIT market.

Outcome 

The report highlighted there are good opportunities for SMEs in regions of high bird species diversity to develop bird watching tourism products under sustainable principles.  However, post-COVID, it is important that local tour operators to establish and publicise robust health and safety protocols they have put in place that address the concerns of inbound European birders.

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Bird Watching Tourism - A Business Guide for SMEs

Client:

The Hague

Location:

Worldwide
The Hague

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 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries SDG10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable SDG11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 2020

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

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk