Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy

The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination

Hugues Seraphin, Anca Yallop, Alexandru Căpăţînă, Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the link between history (heritage) and tourism marketing (destination branding). More specifically, the paper focusses on how heritage is used by private- and public-sector tourism organisations of post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster (PCCD) destinations in their branding strategy. In particular, the paper investigates how these organisations use heritage in their branding and logo design. Design/methodology/approach: Within the paradigm of theory building and exploratory approach, this conceptual study is based on a narrative literature review and analysis of research and secondary data on Haiti. The study uses visual research methods to examine and reveal the basis and composition of logos of both private- and public-sector organisations in Haiti. Findings: The findings of this paper suggest that capturing the essence of the destination is critical for any visual identification (i.e. logos), and that the visual identification can either adjust representation of past events to the time being (heritage) or move away from the past with clear expectations for the future. Such findings are reflected within the new marketing strategies adopted by the Haitian destination marketing organisation (DMO) and a private resort that we used as examples. Both moved from an idiosyncratic identity-based logo to a universal “sea-and-sun” stereotyped one that goes against heritage for which authenticity is the most important criterion. Practical implications: The findings of this research may help destination managers in general, and DMOs in PCCD destinations in particular, to design logos aligned with their marketing and branding strategies. The findings of the paper may also assist industry experts in designing logos that communicate with potential tourists, by leveraging heritage to influence their emotion and decision making. Originality/value: This paper represents one of the first papers in tourism research that examines branding strategies of both public and private sectors in the context of Haiti. The research contributes to the body of knowledge on heritage and destination marketing by exploring the role of heritage in the Caribbean area’s branding and marketing strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-105
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Heritage
  • tourism marketing
  • post-colonial
  • post-conflict
  • post-disaster
  • literature review
  • visual research
  • logos
  • Haiti
  • Branding
  • Tourism
  • Strategy
  • Caribbean

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Seraphin, H., Yallop, A., Căpăţînă, A., & Gowreesunkar, V. GB. (2018). Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy: The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 12(1), 89-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-05-2017-0057
Seraphin, Hugues ; Yallop, Anca ; Căpăţînă, Alexandru ; Gowreesunkar, Vanessa GB. / Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy : The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination. In: International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research. 2018 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 89-105.
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Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy : The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination. / Seraphin, Hugues; Yallop, Anca; Căpăţînă, Alexandru; Gowreesunkar, Vanessa GB.

In: International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.04.2018, p. 89-105.

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Seraphin H, Yallop A, Căpăţînă A, Gowreesunkar VGB. Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy: The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research. 2018 Apr 1;12(1):89-105. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-05-2017-0057