April 22, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
April 22, 2014 Newsletter
Four Governor's Travel and Tourism awards, recognizing outstanding leaders in North Dakota's tourism industry, were presented at the 2014 North Dakota Tourism Conference in Fargo. Click here for more information on the awards given to Don and Pat Demars (Behind the Scenes Tourism Employees); Mandan Rodeo Days (Event); Gabriel Mejia (Front-line Employee); and Fort Buford/Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center (Attraction).
The 2014 annual bloggers and writers conference in Fargo received several rave reviews from attendees, including this facebook note from Karen Sanderson: “The ND Blogger/Writer Conference was the best one I've ever attended.” In addition, here are a few stories that are already making the rounds in social media, as well as some of the activities captured on the North Dakota Storify account. Check out Roxane B. Salonen's Review of Fargo's Fabulous Food; the Lost Italian's family stakes its claim as North Dakotans; A North Dakota reports from Back at the Ranch; and the Prairie Californian talks about North Dakota.
Travel respresentatives from North Dakota attended the annual IPW U.S. travel show in Chicago. Terry Harzinski from Bismarck-Mandan CVB, Charley Johnson from Fargo-Moorhead CVB and Fred Walker of North Dakota Tourism were among 6,000 travel professionals from around the world at the five-day show. The Tourism booth hosted 48 20-minute prescheduled appointments. Travel trade from Germany, Norway, Australia, Italy, China, France, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK were interested in adding North Dakota to their programs or adding more North Dakota product to their catalogs. More to come.
North Dakota Tourism recently wrapped up the 2014 sport show season after exhibiting at six shows across the northern United States. A total of 8,141 people stopped at the North Dakota booth at the shows, a 39% increase over the previous year. Mike Jensen, Outdoor Promotions Manager for ND Tourism said, “There is a lot of excitement about the coming travel season among outdoor enthusiasts, the type questions asked and large amount of promotional materials we gave away was very encouraging.” The 2014 shows:
- Great Rockies Sportshow in Billings, Mont.
- International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver, Colo.
- National Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee, Wis.
- Sioux Falls Sportsmen’s Show in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sportshow, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Northwest Sportshow, Minneapolis, Minn.
Tourism has a show partnership program that encourages participation in the booth by stakeholders either in person or by sending brochures. This year, 17 total partners got their information out to thousands of people.
Those looking to enhance their brochure distribution can do so through a link to One Fulfillment on the North Dakota Tourism Division website. One Fulfillment packs and ships your brochure orders so you don’t have to. All you pay is first-class postage for each brochure mailed. This cost-saving strategy lets you allocate valuable resources elsewhere. Click here to learn more about One Fulfillment and what it can do to help spread the word about your tourism product.
Want to know how North Dakota Tourism fared in the past year? Click here to view a digital version of the 2013 annual report.