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Summary 

Acorn was commissioned by the CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, to research and write a detailed study about the River Cruise segment offering practical advice to local operators in developing destinations.  The purpose of the research was to raise awareness of issues faced by local operators seeking to enter the European market.

Our Approach

Extensive research was undertaken to uncover how interest in cruising on both rivers and oceans is growing amongst the two largest European markets, Germany and the UK and Ireland.  The study provided key insights into European market for river cruise tourism to inform local operators seeking to enter the market.  Highlights were identified as:

  1. Safety is the number one priority for the global cruise industry which is heavily regulated. 
  2. Economic and environmental sustainability are key issues that affect the cruise industry today as the industry works to improve its reputation in the face of publicity surrounding pollution, plastic waste and over tourism.
  3. Major rivers around the world are key competing destinations for river cruises and shore excursions including the Amazon River in Brazil; the Nile River in Egypt; the Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers in India; the Panama Canal; the Mekong river in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.  

Outcome 

The study provided a detailed picture of the global cruise industry and offered a wide range of advice and tips including how to plan and market a cruise and selling shore excursions to passengers.  Clear segmentation by cruise type and passenger demographics was offered along with channels to market.  

 

Directions

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River Cruise Tourism – A Business Guide for SMEs

Client:

CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

Location:

Worldwide
CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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

Contact us

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

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk