August 7, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
August 7, 2015 Newsletter
- Hours at the Painted Canyon Rest Area near Medora will change on August 22. Beginning that day, the visitor center will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MT.
- The north and south segments of the Maah Daah Hey Trail are now connected by a 2.5-mile segment leaving from Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. http://www.inforum.com/news/3804939-maah-daah-hey-trail-longest-nd-finally-finished
- Rusty's Saloon & Grill, opening in September in St. Anthony, will be all western themed with bar stools made out of whiskey barrels, tables from tree bark and head mounts and pictures from the locals. The saloon will also have a campground with hook-ups for campers and an outdoor shower. http://www.kxnet.com/story/29495120/new-saloon-to-open-in-st-anthony
- Free entrance day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park is August 25 in honor of the National Park Service birthday. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
- Slide the City Streets Festival, featuring a 1,000-foot, three-lane slip-and-slide-type surface will be in Mandan August 29. Streets will be closed to traffic on Sixth Avenue Northwest for the event. http://www.slidethecity.com/events/mandan-bismarck/
- Microtel in Tioga now open.
North Dakota Tourism, along with Wyoming and Montana, is taking to Twitter as an educational tool for the travel industry in the United Kingdom. The first official Twitter chat - #RealAmericachat - took place on August 5 at 9 a.m. CT or 3 p.m. in the U.K. There were 37 contributors to the chat with a reach of 44,521. The #RealAmericachat tweets garnered 121,615 timeline deliveries/impression. This is a free program organized by the partners of the Real America consortium, including tourism offices from Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming, along with partner Glacier Country of Western Montana. You are invited to participate in the next #RealAmericachat on Twitter on September 2 at 9 a.m.
Please help get the word out: It’s not too late to submit photos for the 2015 Governor’s Photo Contest, but it soon will be. All North Dakotans are encouraged to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in the state. The deadline for entry is August 31. Photographers can submit photos to one or more of the following categories: Adventure, Attractions, Events, People, Scenery and Wildlife. One winner will be selected in each contest category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving $50 and North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. Click here for complete details.
North Dakota’s tourism entities have until September 4 to apply for two grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Tourism. Event and marketing grant programs provide a maximum of $5,000 in matching funds for promotion of regional events and for specific tourism marketing plans. Click here for more details on these grant programs or contact Dean Ihla at 701-328-3505.
Mark the date for the annual tourism stakeholder’s meeting, Tuesday, October 6 in Bismarck. This year’s event is expanding to an Industry Summit. Tourism marketers, event planners, advertisers and business owners are invited to learn the latest trends in North Dakota’s tourism industry, the ways you can cooperatively advertise with the state and how North Dakota Tourism will be advertising in the year ahead. There will be national speakers. To RSVP for this year’s event, contact Tammy Backhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.