February 16, 2017, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
Nominations are now being sought for the 2017 North Dakota Governor's Awards for Travel and Tourism. The awards will be presented during the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference April 17-19 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. The awards recognize the passion and dedication of North Dakotans who have contributed to the growth of travel and tourism, our state’s third-largest industry. The 2017 awards include new awards developed in collaboration with Gov. Burgum’s team, which believes gratitude is foundational. This year's awards:
- Heritage Award for a Front-line Tourism Employee
- Sakakawea Award for Behind the Scenes Tourism Employee
- The Legend Award for Travel & Tourism Industry Leadership
- Telegraph Award for Marketing Technology
- Trailblazer Award for Tourism Innovation
- Flint Firestarter Award for a Tourism Development Project
Nominations will be accepted until March 29, 2017. Awards will be presented April 19 at the Governor's Luncheon during the annual North Dakota Travel Industry Conference. Click here to view the criteria and/or submit nominations.
North Dakota Tourism International Marketing Manager Fred Walker represented the state at the recent IITA (International Inbound Travel Association) summit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The summit included education sessions and face-to-face appointments between suppliers like state tourism offices and destinations with inbound tour operators. Inbound tour operators is a rapidly growing segment of the international travel trade. With more visitors coming to the U.S. and more companies wanting to send clients to non-mainstream destinations, the importance of a U.S.-based tour operator to fill the gaps in destination awareness for both the overseas operators and lesser known destinations has never been greater. North Dakota had 13 appointments with known inbound tour operators carrying product from North Dakota and additional appointments with tour operators carrying product in the region but nothing yet in North Dakota. This summit allowed North Dakota to meet with companies otherwise not available at other larger shows.
North Dakota Tourism still has advertising co-op opportunities for its partners in American Road Magazine. Ad space includes quarter-page and one-third-page spots in a four-page North Dakota section. It's American Road's 15th anniversary year and to celebrate it is doing two nationwide, front-shelf Barnes and Noble promotions (one for spring, one for summer). These promotions will give clients bonus exposure. If you would like to sign up for these spots, contact Becky Repp at [email protected].
A guide to culinary tourism’s top travel trends. Click here to identify the culinary traveler.
According to a recent AAA survey, 35% of Americans expect to take a family trip of at least 50 miles from home this year. And while most aim to take one or two vacations, at least 28 percent are planning to take three or more - a 13% increase from 2016.
U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the North Country Scenic Trail route and boost state tourism. The trail – which currently extends from New York to North Dakota – was never built along certain sections in Minnesota because the current route included wetlands that are difficult to build through, which raised conservation concerns. The North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act would reroute the trail to avoid wetlands by incorporating 400 miles of existing hiking trails in the Minnesota Arrowhead region of the Boundary Waters and North Shore of Lake Superior. The bipartisan legislation would also extend the trail to Vermont to connect it with the Appalachian Trail.