January 5, 2017, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

Travel Update
Tell Me Something Good
Remember Tourism Day at the Legislature
RMI Impressed by Host City
Tourism Industry Conference
Hashtags in Social Media
Demographics are Changing

 

Travel Update

 

Tell Me Something Good

  •  Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been named one of Trekaroo's top family vacation destinations for 2017.
  •  Border crossings at Pembina were up 6.17% in November. That is three consecutive months that crossings have risen.

  • Tourism’s wall signage in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport is still up months after our contracted period, for a value exceeding $158,000.

  • Vikings.com is the No. 6 referrer to NDtourism.com thanks to the fall promotions.

  • The visitor center at Sullys Hill National Game Preserve near Devils Lake will be open the second and fourth Saturdays January-March. Click here for more.

 

Remember Tourism Day at the Legislature

 

Tourism Day at the Legislature - sponsored by the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota and the Tourism Alliance Partnership - is January 12. This is our industry's opportunity to impress upon state lawmakers the importance of tourism to North Dakota's economic well-being. This year's theme is "Tourism Generates Revenue." Tourism-related booths will be open at the state capitol from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Sheri Grossman to reserve booth space. A mid-morning press conference will be held to present new economic impact data on travel to North Dakota in 2015 and to unveil the 2017 travel guide. Lunch will be served to legislators from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a presentation on the new TSA economic impact research by Adam Sacks of Tourism Economics will be held in the Brynhild Haugland Room following the floor session.

REMEMBER THE DATE:  The committee hearing for the Department of Commerce budget bill (SB 2018) - of which ND Tourism is a part - is January 10 at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more.

 

 

RMI Impressed by Host City

Bismarck wowed the region during the annual RMI Real America mid-year meeting. As the lead-up to the Summit and Roundup being held in Bismarck in early May, the four states came together to discuss the year to date and update any plans for the spring. Strategic planning included branding discussions led by Brand USA. The group was blown away by the amount of fantastic restaurants available downtown and all of the “cool” sites as well. Great job of showing yourself off Bismarck!

 

Tourism Industry Conference

The Save the Date card for the 2017 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference has gone out. Don't wait to make your hotel reservations and sign up for the conference. The host hotel is the Radisson of Bismarck and the conference rate is $109 a night, plus tax. Call 701-255-6000 and reference the block under the Travel Industry Conference. Conference dates are April 17-19.

 

Hashtags in Social Media 

Hashtags in social media are great for joining in on conversations and exposing yourself to new audiences. Using trending hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram help you to appear in the search results of people looking through posts on that particular topic. Here are a few that you may want to use in your posting strategy.

 

Demographics are Changing

The demographics of the traveling public are changing. Click here for more.