July 9, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
July 9, 2015 Newsletter
Tourism Advertises at Minnesota Twins Game
RMI Roundup in Cody, Wyo.
North Dakota Tourism Infrastructure Grants
2015 Cultural Heritage Grants
Tourism Does TAP Dance
Roughriders–Wranglers-Roughnecks FAM Tour
- District Waterhouse and Kitchen, described as multicultural dining, recently opened at 3179 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo. Everything is made from scratch and it is "big" on gluten-free dishes, vegan options and dairy-free options.
- Prairie Rose Meadery recently opened in south Fargo, turning a home-brewing hobby into a business. http://www.inforum.com/business/3776277-mad-mead-horace-couple-opens-areas-first-meadery
- There are still hotel rooms available during the week of the upcoming North Dakota State Fair, July 17-25. For the latest on availability go to: http://visitminot.org/hotel-availability/?from=2015-07-14
- Harvest Brazilian Grille, Mandan, is closed to general public to focus on special events and catering. http://www.kxnet.com/story/29466100/harvest-brazilian-grill-closes-to-public
- Unique cafe, coffee shop and clothing store Terra Nomad opened on Main in Bismarck. http://www.kxnet.com/story/29446074/new-cafe-concept-store-opens-in-bismarck
- Twin Oaks Resort, Bottineau, has closed.
- Bowman Lodge and Convention Center is now open. Amenities include an indoor pool, Prairie Fitness Gym and Grazers Lounge.
- Icelandic State Park’s Pioneer Heritage Center expansion opened. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/information/department/media/attachments/2015_isp_exhibit.pdf
- Boathouse on the Red is now open at 101 Riverboat Road in Grand Forks. It offers boat and paddleboard rentals. http://groundupadventures.com/bhotr
- For up-to-date road conditions, visit: http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/
North Dakota Tourism and truckside billboard vendor All Over Media teamed up to create a promotional presence at a recent Minnesota Twins baseball series at Target Field in Minneapolis. Twins-focused advertising also has included spots on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin and contributions from FSN TV personality and Minot native Marney Gellner and truckside billboards circling the downtown stadium. Fifteen rolling billboards will appear in the Twins Cities through Aug. 14.
Registration will begin soon for Rocky Mountain International's Roundup 2016 to be held May 3-6, 2016, in Cody, Wyo. Roundup is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with businesses, desinations and attractions in the Real America Region of North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. Registrations will be accepted beginning Aug. 3. Contact Fred Walker at North Dakota Tourism for more information.
North Dakota Tourism is offering grants to one or more new tourism attractions that can bring more visitors to North Dakota. This program is made possible by a one-time appropriation of $750,000 in funds during the 2015 North Dakota legislative session. Click here for more information.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota is making available $200,000 for its 2015 Cultural Heritage Grant Program. The program provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies for a variety of projects, including exhibits, a special project or event, education activities, collections and capital improvements. Interested eligible organizations should thoroughly read the guidelines and submit an application to the SHSND. The completed application must be accepted by the SHSND - not postmarked - by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.
Also available through the Cultural Heritage Grant program are Heritage Training Scholarships, North Dakota Museum Assessment Program (NDMAP) and the Archival Supply Purchase Grants. Applications for any of the Cultural Heritage Grant programs are available on the SHSND website or can be requested by contacting Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at 701-328-3573.
North Dakota Tourism attended the Travel Alliance Partners TAP Dance 2015 in Oklahoma City. The TAP organization is a member-owned organization of premier tour operators in the United States and Canada. “What’s unique about this annual conference is that you visit with all 32 tour companies, and you get the chance to ask questions, start the conversations and begin to develop new tour product for the operators," said Deanne Cunningham, group travel marketing manager for ND Tourism. “New tours are not added into the inventory overnight. It takes time to develop that professional friendship and trust that you will stand behind what you are promoting. It’s worth it.” Click here to find out more.
North Dakota Tourism Group Travel hosted the Roughriders-Wranglers-Roughneck Familiarazation Tour June 16-21. Mirage Tours of Chandler, Az., was represented by owner Anne E. Basile and Mirage Tours photographer Jeremy Maillet, along with Agnes Vidovic of Vidovic Travel Services of Chicago, Ill. This was the first visit to North Dakota for all three of the participants. Community visits included Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson, Medora, Richardton, Washburn and Jamestown. The themed FAM included visits to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Rough Riders Hall of Fame and an oil presentation. The group visited 27 attractions to help develop new itineraries and tours to North Dakota. Thank you to all who supported this FAM trip.