Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism, Lafourche Parish’s internet marketing business, has formally named Cody Grey the tourism office’s new President and CEO.
Grey had been serving as interim president and CEO because Oct. 16, when his predecessor, Timothy Bush, remaining Louisiana for a tourism task out of condition. Bush recruited Grey to be part of the parish’s tourism team as its director of product sales and promoting before this calendar year, and Gray relocated from his property state of Florida even though a lot of the country was in pandemic lockdown.
Even with COVID-induced hurdles and restrictions, Grey was capable to forge relationships with the restaurateurs, hotel operators, charter-boat and swamp-tour captains, museum curators, store owners and other partners who comprise the parish’s rising tourism sector.
“Cody has the expertise, understanding, perseverance and – most importantly – the enthusiasm to consider Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism to the upcoming amount as we navigate the street to restoration from a turbulent year,” mentioned Jeremy Punch, the 2020 tourism board chair. “I’ve appreciated doing work with Cody and seem forward to the ongoing accomplishment in retailer for our desired destination-promotion business.”
Marguerite Knight-Erwin, who was named 2021 chair of the tourism board at the identical assembly Wednesday, added, “As the incoming chair for the board of directors, I look forward to operating with Cody. We are so lucky listed here in Lafourche Parish to have another person with his talent, skill and professionalism major our tourism application forward.”
Prior to shifting to Louisiana, Grey worked in Florida’s vacation sector for approximately 7 several years, very first for the Columbia County Tourist Improvement Council and then as the Director of Gross sales and Advertising for Tru by Hilton & Lake Metropolis Resorts, Inc. His desired destination get the job done was for a vacation bureau in a rural location with tourism property and challenges that are similar to people of Lafourche Parish, and his hotel experience has been a huge resource for his do the job below in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou.
Gray been given his TMP (Vacation Internet marketing Expert) certification via the Southeast Tourism Society’s Advertising and marketing School in 2018 and has continued specialist improvement initiatives for himself and the tourism office environment considering that arriving in the parish.
“This yr has been exceptionally tough for everyone in the journey and hospitality sector, but we’re pretty fortunate to have a local community that understands the value of tourism as an economic motor in Lafourche Parish,” Grey mentioned. “I’m honored and humbled to be chosen to guide this business as we go forward collectively to brighter times ahead. I’d like to convey my sincere gratitude to the board of directors for their believe in in me. I glimpse ahead to continuing to construct relationships with our tourism associates and positioning Lafourche Parish as a year-spherical tourism desired destination.”