A destination brand is the totality of perceptions that a customer holds about a place. In essence it is the reputation of the place. Successful management of these perceptions and experiences can secure enduring benefits for both Terrebonne Parish and its customers.
Terrebonne Parish is a dynamic and unique region of Louisiana and the southern U.S. The region is often referred to as the heart of coastal Louisiana and for good reason. It is a watery wonderland with six major bayous, numerous waterways, several lakes and access to the Gulf of Mexico. This natural environment is home to one of the world's great fisheries and has attracted many cultures to the region, from the various local native tribes to the Acadians and others. Terrebonne attracts many entrepreneurs and workers to a healthy oil and gas industry that operates in the Gulf of Mexico. The environment also attracts visitors from around the world who are interested in sport fishing, bayou and swamp experiences, Cajun culture and history.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was devastating to businesses in the region, especially tourism businesses, particularly those related to sport fishing. Business recovery has been slow and to address these challenges Terrebonne Parish has initiated a destination branding plan and wayfinding system. These plans are designed to assist Terrebonne Parish in gaining greater positive awareness of the destination and visitor experience.
We are living in a world that is increasingly cluttered with communication. Places of all sizes find themselves competing for prospective customers against an oversupply of options. In this overcrowded and competitive environment, brands have emerged as a destination's most valuable asset in setting itself apart from competitors.
A Terrebonne Parish Brand is important to the Parish for the following reasons: