August 7, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

August 7, 2014 Newsletter

Tourism Grant Deadlines Near
RMI Webinar
Brand USA
Governor's Photo Contest 
Update Website Listing for 2015
Save the Date
Travel Updates


Tourism Grant Deadlines Near

North Dakota’s tourism entities have until August 29 to apply for two grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Tourism. Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman says the event and marketing grants are important to not only the tourism industry partners who receive the funds, but to the state's tourism industry as a whole. Click here for more information.
 

RMI Webinar

Rocky Mountain International will be conducting state-specific supplier webinars for each state this fiscal year, starting with North Dakota. After all the states completed the 101 session, there will be a number of topical webinar,s which would be available to the entire region. North Dakota's webinar is September 24. Contact Fred Walker at North Dakota Tourism for more information.
 

Brand USA Bill Passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 4450, the bill to reauthorize Brand USA, with a 347 to 57 vote. Although there is still work to be done in the Senate, this is a significant victory for an industry that could not have been accomplished without partners' outreach. View a full report of how each member of Congress voted on H.R. 4450. Then, login to our online platform to send a follow-up note to your Representative that will be customized depending on how they voted on the bill.

Now it is time to turn our attention to passing S. 2250, the companion Brand USA reauthorization bill in the Senate. Last week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, which would reauthorize Brand USA — the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States.

Thank you for your hard work, and we look forward to further working with you to get Brand USA reauthorization across the finish line in Congress this year. 

Governor's Photo Contest

Help promote the Governor’s Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism. The deadline for entries is August 26 and cash prizes are being awarded. Contest rules and information available at: http://www.ndtourism.com/content/11th-annual-governor%E2%80%99s-photo-contest-kicks.
 

Update Website Listings for 2015

Notifications have been sent via email to all partners who have previously entered in listings through partner access for the North Dakota Tourism website and travel guide.  Attractions, accommodations, CVB's and Chambers of Commerce must update their listing information.  Deadlines was August 2nd.  If you have not done this as of yet, please do so this week!  Event listings are due by October 3rd.  If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Miller at tamiller@nd.gov or 701-328-5328.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for Tourism Day at the Legislature, January 23rd, 2015 at the State Capitol, Bismarck.  Details to come!

 

Travel Updates

  • The Hub in Fargo, which houses multiple bars and nightclubs, is revamping into an event center that can be better utilized for corporate events and weddings. It will still hold concerts in the main room, formally known as The Venue. The name of the facility will now be called The Fargo Avalon, not to be confused with The Avalon Downtown.  http://www.millenniumfargo.com/
  • The Boiler Room just opened under Broadway in the basement of the newly renovated Loretta Building in downtown Fargo. The Boiler Room serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night food daily, complemented by craft cocktail list rivaling “big city bars” at a fraction of the price. http://www.boilerroomfargo.com/
  • D'Vine is Fargo-Moorhead's newest wine bar specializing in great wine and small plates. TIt is located inside the back of the Boerth's Gallery building. https://www.facebook.com/dvinefargo/info
  • Lucky Duck's, downtown Bismarck, expanded it seating area to include “The Pond” with indoor and outdoor seating. Lucky Duck's also features live entertainment throughout the week. https://www.facebook.com/LuckyDucksDeli
  • Hotels recently opened: Little Missouri Inn and Suites, New Town; Home Place Lodge and Suites, Williston
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