As a lifelong resident of Terrebonne Parish, I often forget the amazing things our parish has to offer tourists who make a parish a part of their travel plans.
Visitor spending in the parish brought in $166,200,000 according to the latest (2018) research making tourism viable in Terrebonne Parish. That economic impact generates approximately $535.38 in tax relief per household to our parish residents. Those numbers were brought in from visitors spanning 40 U.S. states and 20 foreign countries.
Ever wonder how people find out about our beautiful parish? We have the team at the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Houma Travel, to thank for that!
The Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (HACVB) is a destination marketing organization (DMO) tasked with promoting Terrebonne Parish as a premier leisure, business, convention, and meeting destination by focusing on our rich culture, delicious food, unique ecosystem, and ample outdoor adventure to be had in “Louisiana’s Bayou Country.”
The HACVB is excited to introduce to Terrebonne Parish and the surrounding areas to the team who is steering the way for 2020 to be another successful year in tourism.
Sondra Corbitt, Executive Director, has been with the bureau for almost 8 years. She began her career as the Financial Manager, then being promoted to Assistant Director, and finally to her current position of almost 2 years as Executive Director. Sondra serves as the chief administrator, providing leadership to staff and directing the HACVB operation to develop maximum potential to convention and visitor business and bringing economic benefit to Terrebonne Parish.
Joni Pitre Duet, Communications/Public Relations Manager, has been with the bureau for almost 6 years. She began her career with the bureau as Visitors Services Manager, then moving to Product and Event Development, and since has served as the PR/Communications Manager for the last 2 years. Joni identifies communication opportunities by planning and implementing programs highlighting Terrebonne Parish, directs all public relations functions, works with journalists, writers, and bloggers, and manages the HACVB in-house and community events.
Angela Morehead and Chantel Deville make up the Sales Team. Angela has been with the bureau for almost 13 years while Chantel is one of the bureau’s newest staff members having started December 2019. Together, the team identifies market opportunities and ventures out to seek prospective groups, meetings, events, religious associations, and state associations of both local and out-of-state entities to hold their meetings and events in Terrebonne Parish.
Dillon Hughes, Visitor Services and Content Manager, has been with the bureau for 2 years. Dillon is responsible for overseeing the Houma Visitors Center and its Visitor Services Specialists, maintaining up-to-date visitor information of area attractions, hotels, and partners, graphic design, and creating captivating social media content to entice visitors online to learn more about Terrebonne Parish and plan their stay.
Melissa Durocher, Destination Development Manager, is another new addition to the HACVB team. She started with the bureau in October of 2019. Melissa researches, explores, and facilitates the development of new and existing tourism products in Terrebonne Parish. Melissa is also responsible for managing and facilitating the destination Marketing Plan for the bureau.
Lindsey Fruge, Financial Office Manager, is another new addition to the team having begun her position in October of 2019. Lindsey is responsible for performing highly specialized accounting work required to maintain the HACVB’s general ledger. She directs and coordinates the daily activities to accurately record the revenues, expenditures, assets, and liabilities of the HACVB.
Finally, rounding off the HACVB staff is the Visitor Services Specialists team. The team is made up of Kathy Johnson and Shelby Guidry. The Visitor Services Specialists are essentially the “first faces” visitors of Terrebonne Parish will meet. They are tasked with giving insightful information of all the tourism assets of Bayou Country in order to encourage overnight visitation to leisure travelers stopping by the Houma Visitor Center.
The HACVB team looks forward to a successful 2020 showcasing all the beauty, culture, and outdoor adventure Louisiana’s Bayou Country has in store for those who visit.