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Twenty years of sustainable tourism development for destinations worldwide

Twenty years of sustainable tourism development for destinations worldwide

Helping tourism businesses innovate and stimulate the visitor economy

Helping tourism businesses innovate and stimulate the visitor economy

Welcome to Acorn Tourism Consulting

What We Do


  1. Our reputation in the field of tourism statistics and measuring the economic impact of tourism is unparalleled. We are experts in the development of systems of tourism statistics, compilation of tourism satellite accounts and natural capital accounting, as well as measuring the local economic impact of tourism. Our ATOM forecasting model and T-Stats tourism tracking system are two products we have developed and installed in destinations across the globe.
  2. We plan and develop tourism products and experiences that are financially and environmentally sustainable. Acorn’s in-depth understanding of niche visitor markets ensures we can help you differentiate yourself from your competitors by creating innovative market-led experiences. We can provide options appraisals, feasibility studies, business planning and capacity building to support your product development process.
  3. In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, it is essential to have a strong brand and a marketing campaign that clearly promotes your values and resonates with your target audience. Acorn builds destination brands and content marketing strategies. We deliver digital marketing campaigns, build national tourism websites and create inspiring content. Working with travel influencers we can do social media takeovers. We can also monitor your brand awareness and the effectiveness of your promotional campaigns.
  4. We can help you work out where you want to go and how to get there. Acorn uses a well-defined strategic planning process to establish how you can become a more competitive and sustainable destination or tourism business. Our approach is collaborative, engaging widely with your stakeholders, creating a joint vision and co-developing an Action Plan that can be implemented with the available financial resources and workforce.
  5. We offer expert qualitative and quantitative tourism market research, including face-to-face and online surveys, focus groups, bulletin boards, and business and stakeholder consultations. We maintain and update vast databases of research that include niche market and destination profiles, inbound and outbound tourist flows, and industry trends. This allows us to commentate, predict and forecast with insight, intelligence and confidence.
  6. T-Stats is our online tourism tracking system for destinations. We understand that every destination is different, so T-Stats is tailor-made to allow you to track whatever is important, from accommodation occupancy, through to visits to attractions, footfall, attendance at events and even the weather. Bringing all this together into one easy-to-use database provides information for assessing the effectiveness of marketing activities, attracting investors, assisting funding applications or simply getting to know your destination better.
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Acorn Tourism Consulting has:


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  2. Enjoyed working with
  3. Delivered projects in
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Where We Work

Number of results: 246

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    Worldwide, CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    CBI, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    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…

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    Saudi Arabia, Private Client



    Private Client,

    Business study to assess the viability of a tour operating company that would focus on the international umrah market for inbound travel to Saudi Arabia.

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Design and implementation of a face-to-face air visitor exit survey capturing visitor and trip characteristics. The data is analysed annually, with the key findings presented in the Falkland Islands Tourist Board’s Annual Statistics Report.

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    County Durham, United Kingdom, Visit County Durham



    Visit County Durham,

    Visit County Durham is the destination management organisation for Durham coordinating the promotion of the county nationally and internationally. In 2015 Visit County Durham contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics…

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    San Andres Colombia, Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR



    Colombia Ministry of Tourism FONTUR,

    Market research, stakeholder consultation and workshops in San Andres and Providencia were used to identify nautical tourism products that could attract new niche audiences to these two Colombian owned islands in the western Caribbean.

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    Worldwide, CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency



    CBI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency,

    A detailed and extensive study into the process of risk management for tourism businesses that involved both establishing a Risk Management Process before a crisis occurs, and the four-step process to be adopted during the crisis.

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    St. Helena, Enterprise St. Helena



    Enterprise St. Helena,

    Review of the marketing activities and action plans for the marketing and promotion of the Island of St. Helena. An assessment of their effectiveness was made through an online survey of UK long haul travellers and interviews with tour operators.

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    North London, United Kingdom, London Borough of Camden



    London Borough of Camden,

    Study to provide up-to-date information on the importance of visitors to Camden, and to ensure that future policy decisions incorporated a detailed understanding of the benefits and potential conflicts that large numbers of visitors bring to the…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Rye Town Council



    Rye Town Council,

    Study to investigate the feasibility of developing the Strand Car Park in Rye, which has capacity for around 25 cars, into a pedestrian plaza. The rationale was to provide a valuable amenity area that would attract both visitors and residents.

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    Worldwide, Mintel




    Specialist niche market report on Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism that looks at the history of religious tourism, size and characteristics of the market, the major destinations worldwide and profiles leading tour operators.

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    St. Helena, St. Helena Tourism



    St. Helena Tourism,

    In 2017 travel to St Helena by air became possible with the opening of an airport on the island. In order to track the growth of tourism that was anticipated, St Helena Tourism contracted Acorn T-Stats to implement our online tourism statistics…

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    East Sussex, United Kingdom, Hastings Borough Council



    Hastings Borough Council,

    This project required the preparation of a Destination Management Strategy and plan for Living, Learning and Business Investment in the Hastings-Bexhill Urban Area, to complement the recently published 1066 Country Destination Management Strategy.

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    Sussex, United Kingdom, Tate’s of Sussex



    Tate’s of Sussex,

    The South Downs Heritage Centre applied for planning permission for an education barn and nine eco-lodges. Acorn undertook an assessment of the need and demand for the South Downs Rural Crafts and Heritage Centre and full planning permission was…

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    City of London, United Kingdom, City of London Corporation



    City of London Corporation,

    Assessment of the impact of the Culture Mile Pop-Up Art programme through observations and interviews with 200 persons showing a level of interest in the installations. Also included interviews with local businesses seeking the views of owners…

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    Kuwait, Ministry of Commerce and Industry



    Ministry of Commerce and Industry,

    Study for the development and implementation of a system of tourism statistics in Kuwait, and the design and programming of an online database system for the collection, organisation and dissemination of the data.

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    Syrian Arab Rebublic, Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO



    Ministry of Tourism, UNWTO,

    Review of the system of tourism statistics in Syria, with recommendations for improvements to broaden the scope and timeliness of data collection and dissemination, and establish a computerised tourism statistics database.

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    Senegal, IFC




    Assessment of the current demand for tourism in Senegal, creating a detailed profile of existing and potential visitors to the country. Using this data, the study developed a long list of potential investment projects to satisfy the expected demand…

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    Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands Tourist Board



    Falkland Islands Tourist Board,

    Analysis of the times and costs of air travel to the Falkland Islands from various key markets around the world, with the aim of identifying which markets had the shortest travel time and costs ,and to identify those with significant potential for…

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    North West England, United Kingdom, North West Development Agency



    North West Development Agency,

    This study was commissioned by the North West Development Agency (NWDA) to review the data collection and processing procedures of tourism intelligence covering the areas of Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Liverpool.

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    Aruba, Aruba Tourism Authority



    Aruba Tourism Authority,

    We assessed potential demand for niche activities in Aruba including Adventure, Birding, Culinary, Nautical, Romance, Sport and Wellness and conducted stakeholder consultations to identify the products that could differentiate Aruba from its…

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Featured Projects


  1. Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa used Influencers to raise awareness as part of their international
    Acorn worked with the Great Ethiopian Run, Africa's biggest road race, to produce a 3-year digital marketing strategy to increase international participation. This involved 4 high-profile travel influencers participating in the race and generating a reach of 1.25 million and 8% engagement.
    1. 1 Feb 20191 Apr 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
  2. Responding to COVID-19: Impact on Tourism in Jordan
    Developed a model for projecting visitor arrivals and expenditure to Jordan, the Middle East and worldwide over the period to 2030. Scenarios for the development of the pandemic were then applied to identify impacts on visitor arrivals, expenditure, gross direct tourism value added, and employment.
    1. 1 Mar 20201 Jun 2020
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
  3. Kayaking and other outdoor activities were part of this business plan for planning application for an estate in Surrey
    This private estate needed initial feasibility and planning advice to restore a 100-acre site with sand pit and lakes to create a viable water-based natural attraction, which opened to the public in 2018.
    1. 1 Mar 20161 Feb 2017
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
  4. Lincoln Cathedral, UK
    Study to provide Visit Lincoln and two surrounding local authorities with an in depth understanding of the profile of visitors, focusing in particular on demographics, lifestyle and interests. Also included the investigation into seasonality impacts through deployment of an accommodation survey.
    1. 1 Mar 20141 Sep 2014
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
  5. Senegal
    Assessment of the current demand for tourism in Senegal, creating a detailed profile of existing and potential visitors to the country. Using this data, the study developed a long list of potential investment projects to satisfy the expected demand over the next 10 years.
    1. 1 Feb 20191 Aug 2019
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020
  6. Roseau, Dominica
    Study contracted by Discover Dominica Authority to develop a sustainable voluntourism strategy for the country with the overall aim of increasing visitor numbers and expenditure. This included practical guidelines for the private sector on how to develop this niche segment.
    1. 1 Mar 20191 Jun 2019
    2. 1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

"Acorn Tourism provided us with a true insight into the perception of Aruba and valuable data from which we can build our brand.  The service was efficient, timely and the final report presented in a very useable format.  I would certainly recommend them and happily use Acorn again."

Joanna Walding
Country Manager, UK & Ireland, Aruba Tourism Authority
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