April 2, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

April 2, 2015 Newsletter

Destination Capitol Hill
Travel Industry Conference
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo Contest
Tourism Development Webinar
Travel Updates

 

Destination Capitol Hill

Several North Dakota travel industry representatives were in Washington, D.C. last week as part of the U.S. Travel Association’s Destination Capitol Hill. North Dakota attendees, shown here, met with Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, as well as Rep. Kevin Cramer’s staff on issues affecting travel to the U.S. and North Dakota. The delegations included Sheri Grossman and Lori Yantzer, Bismarck Mandan CVB; Charley Johnson, Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo CVB; Sandy Dobmeier, Greater Grand Forks CVB and the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota; and Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Tourism Division Director.

Issues discussed:

  • Passing the Jolt Act to  improve security while improving the process for international travelers coming to America
  • Providing local airport authorities the ability to adjust user fees to assist in specific improvements
  • Continuing improvements at Canadian border crossings
  • Supporting national parks, and specifically TRNP,  in preparation for their centennial celebration
  • Assisting in completing travel management plans for allowing expanded recreation offerings on federal lands

The Destinations Marketing Association International, Brand USA and the National Council of State Tourism Directors also had meetings and events in D.C. in conjunction with the fly-in.

Other Federal Travel Initiatives

A majority of airline passengers are willing to pay more for plane tickets to help fund airport improvements, according to a poll conducted by the U.S. Travel Association. The poll found that 58 percent of airline passengers are willing to pay up to $4 more per flight “to fund airport improvement projects that would enable airports to accommodate more airlines, modernize facilities or reduce delays in and around the airport.” Click here for more information.

 

Travel Industry Conference

The North Dakota Travel Industry Conference is April 20-22 at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot. Click here to see the agenda for this year’s conference, along with links to apply for a scholarship, register or become a sponsor.

 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Photo Contest

The 2015 Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park photo contest runs through August 31. Photos must depict any natural, cultural or historic subject within the park. Photographers may submit up to two photos beteen April 18 and August 31. Click here for more information.

 

Tourism Development Webinar

Marketing Manager Heather LeMoine recently participated in a webinar for the North Dakota League of Cities on leveraging and developing tourism in communities. Click here to listen to the webinar.

 

Travel Updates