January 21, 2016, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

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January 21, 2016 Newsletter

Travel Updates
From Real America to the World
Brochure Distribution Through One Fulfillment
Registration Open for Travel Industry Conference
Nomination for Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism

Guaranteed Departures Highlights "Teddy's Cabin"
ABA Celebrates 90 Years in Travel
Group Travel Expert Tip
TRNP Annual Pass Giveaway

 

Travel Updates

  • US Highway 83 between Lake Sakakawea and Snake Creek south of Garrison is open to four-lane traffic.
  • Caribou Coffee and 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is now open in Grand Forks
  • The Williston Visitors Center at 212 Airport Road is closed until sometime in March for renovations. Temporary location is 113 Fourth St. E.

 

From Real America to the World

Bienvenue, Welkom, Velkommen, Tervetuloa, Willkommen, Velkomin, Velkominn, Wëllkomm, Velkommen, Välkommen, Wilkomme, Benvenuti: This is what North Dakota is saying to the world in 2016. North Dakota for the first time is featured on the cover of the Real America Guide used by the four-state Rocky Mountain International consortium of Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. The photo features Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which is important in the year the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday.

The Real America Guide is the main brochure used by the consortium when showcasing the region during travel shows, trade missions, sales calls and targeted travel agencies around the world. The guide is printed in English, French, German and Italian and is featured in 17 countries in Europe, the Nordics and Australia/New Zealand. This sales piece was showcased in the United Kingdom during the December sales mission and the Reiselivmessen show in Oslo, Norway, in January. Upcoming shows include ITB Berlin and the French sales mission in March. The cover will also bring fantastic coverage as we are still new in many of the International markets and planning to host RMI Roundup in 2017.

 

Brochure Distribution Through One Fulfillment

North Dakota Tourism and One Fulfillment will continue to work together in 2016 to assist partners with  brochure distribution. Changes to the program in 2015 enhanced Tourism’s ability to track inquiries. More enhancements are expected in 2016 and One Fulfillment will be able to accommodate these improvements, including collecting leads in one form. Partners will have six kits in which to place brochures: East, West, Central, Golf, Scenic/Outdoor and Hunting and Fishing. One Fulfillment will continue to provide the same quality service and reporting as in the past. North Dakota Tourism has partnered with One Fulfillment since 2006 and highly recommends its brochure distribution program. If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the One Fulfillment program, please contact Tammy Backhaus at 701-328-2526 or email tbackhaus@nd.gov.

 

Registration Open for Travel Industry Conference

Grand Forks will host the 2016 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference – the essential event for tourism marketers, event planners and businesses and developers who cater to tourism. Registration is only $160 per person (with discounts on multiple attendees) for the three-day event. Scholarships are also available to cover the cost of registration. Click here for the scoop on registration, scholarships, host hotel, award nominations and sponsoring the conference.

 

Nomination for Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism

Nominations are being sought for the Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism. Awards will be given on April 13 during the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference. Nominations must be made by March 17, 2016, and can be made online. Questions should be forwarded to Fred Walker at fwalker@nd.gov

 

Guaranteed Departures Highlights “Teddy’s Cabin”

North Dakota’s Governor’s Photo Contest winner, “Teddy’s Cabin,” by Katherine Plessner was selected as the front cover of the North America-based Travel Alliance Partners LLC (TAP) 2016/2017 Guaranteed Departures TAP Into Travel brochure. The Guaranteed Departures brochure offers unique tours throughout United States, Canada and international markets and will be hitting the mailboxes of travel buyers world-wide. Electronic copies are available here

Travel Alliance Partners LLC is known for its exclusive partnership among 32 tour operators actively promoting, buying and selling its partners' tours, enabling them to guarantee departures of a collection of group travel opportunities. Click here for a complete list of tours

 

ABA Celebrates 90 Years in Travel

North Dakota Tourism Group Travel Marketing Manager Deanne Cunningham joined Ermuun Bulgan and Joslyn Reichert of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation in celebrating the American Bus Association's 90th year in the travel industry Jan. 9-12, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. The three met with tour and motorcoach operators to increase exposure to North Dakota’s attractions, accommodations, restaurants and other travel industry attributes. Joe Wiegand enthusiastically portrayed “Theodore Roosevelt” and captivated the people at the North Dakota booth where Medora and ND Tourism distributed state and local materials, captured new business and highlighted Theodore Roosevelt National Park during the National Parks Centennial in 2016.   

The ABA marketplace attracted more than 3,000 travel industry tour operators, suppliers and exhibitors to the annual conference. ABA provides more than 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service and shuttles. For more information about the American Bus Association, please visit www.buses.org or contact Deanne at 800-435-5663 extension 2502. 

 

Group Travel Expert Tip

You CAN be a student destination, says Eric Lutey of Group Tour Media. Student bands and music groups (instrumental and vocal) often travel for competitions. If competitions don’t work for your area, you can attract these groups by working with your local university/college music educators or church choir directors to offer music clinics. 

 

TRNP Annual Pass Giveaway

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, North Dakota Tourism is promoting the national park with a year-long contest. Each week, North Dakota Tourism will be giving away an annual pass (valued at $40) for TRNP. Click here to submit an entry for the drawing. Tourism partners in the state are encouraged to help promote the contest.