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Summary

Acorn was commissioned by the CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, to research and write a detailed study about SAVE Tourism (Scientific, Educational, Volunteering and Educational) to support SME’s in developing countries to prepare their SAVE travel product for the European market. 

Our Approach 

Extensive research was conducted to produce a detailed report that outlined a range of issues that are specific to the broader SAVE tourism segment.  It considered the mandatory and other requirements necessary to enter the sector, consideration for establishing SAVE projects and the end-market channels and consumer segments. 

The report highlighted how the SAVE market is dominated by young travellers who are keen on meaningful travel experiences.  Typically time-rich and cash poor, this group travels locally, stays locally and often make important economic and practical contributions to local communities.  Key issues were found to be:

  1. Projects aimed at the SAVE market should adhere to responsible tourism methods and offer ethical volunteering.
  2. SAVE projects should meet a genuine social need and have a positive impact on protecting the environment.
  3. OTAs (online travel agents) are the most straightforward route to market for SAVE travel products and there are numerous operators working in the market.
  4. Working with children, wildlife conservation and marine conservation are some of the most popular SAVE travel experiences, while South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Nepal and Peru are some of the leading destinations.

Outcome 

The report offered a range of useful information and tips for local tour operators either working in the sector or looking to enter the sector. 

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SAVE 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

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

+44 (0) 1580 879970

contact@acorntourism.co.uk