April 2, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
April 2, 2014 Newsletter
Damon Fichter of Dickinson and Delanie Wiedrich of Hazen will join the Burning Hills Singers for the first time this season. Both were selected after February’s auditions in Bismarck and Fargo, where they beat out a talented field of performers vying for a spot in the 2014 Medora Musical. Misti Koop of Grand Forks will return for her second season in the Medora Musical. Click here for more information.
Two North Dakota border crossings will receive additional staffing. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced that the Portal and Pembina crossings are two of 44 ports across the country that will split 2,000 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Funding for those positions was provided for in a recently passed Appropriations Act.
Before the North Dakota interstate highway system, there were scenic byways, backways and trails that took travelers on historical and cultural journeys through North Dakota. The Western Spring Edition of Group Tour Magazine is featuring a collection of attractions along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Click here to read more.
WANTED: Ten events, celebrations or festivals for the year 2015 to be entered into the American Bus Association’s TOP 100 Events. Must be willing to ATTRACT groups, FITs and more to the event. Must be willing to accept FREE publicity in print and online with national organizations, group-related magazine and press releases and to ACCEPT state and local recognition. Must be willing to receive ACCOLADES from the travel and tourism industry. Must be PROUD to represent your community event, festival or celebration. Click here if you are ready to be recognized.
Erin Francis-Cummings, a managing partner at the tourism research firm Destination Analysts, will be a featured speaker at this year’s travel industry conference. Erin joins the conference to replace David Redekop from the Canadian Tourism Research Institute, who had to cancel his appearance. Erin will present findings from the State of the International Traveler report on Wednesday, April 16, and share insights on Canadian leisure travelers’ perceptions and behaviors, and also the habitats of additional international travelers. It’s not too late to register for the conference. Click here for the agenda and link to online registration.
- Primate Center at Dakota Zoo, Bismarck, to open mid-June. More information.
- Four-laning of U.S. 85 between Williston and Watford City is under way. More information.
- Yes! There are rooms available in Dickinson. More information.