June 19, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

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June 19, 2015 Newsletter

Seven Tourism Entities Awarded Expansion Grants
North Dakota Tourism and partners at IPW

Increase in International Travel Expected
Tourism by the Numbers
Virtual Advertising at Target Field
Tourism Campaign Wins Awards
Travel Updates

Seven Tourism Entities Awarded Expansion Grants

Seven North Dakota tourism entities received 2015 Tourism Expansion Grants from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division. These grants support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities or designated development areas by providing funding for infrastructure projects. Created in 2007, Tourism Expansion Grants are matching grants requiring the sponsor to provide $1 for every $1 of grant money being requested. The total amount of grant dollars awarded for this program is $100,000 with individual grant amounts ranging from $5,000 to $24,000. Funds may be used to build, remodel or expand tourism and recreation attractions. The attraction must have the ability to attract a visitor 50 miles one-way and retain a visitor for at least three hours. Recipients of the 2015 Expansion Grants:

  • Woodland Resort, Devils Lake, for landscaping and outdoor amenities at a new lodging expansion.
  • Paddle On Rentals, Mandan, for a kayak, stand-up paddleboard and canoe rental facility at Harmon Lake.
  • Ostlie’s Sunnyside Acres, Carrington, for an agritourism on-farm retail store and food trailer.
  • Grafton Parks and Recreation, Grafton, for the addition of five bunkhouses at the Leistekow Campground.
  • Maple Sugar Ranch, Belcourt, for construction of a concert and festival venue.
  • Bry’s Guide Service, Devils Lake, for furnishings in a new lodging facility.
  • Black Leg Ranch, Sterling, for conversion of a historic barn into an event center.

 
For information on the tourism grant programs, contact Dean Ihla at 701-328-3505 or dihla@nd.gov.  

 

North Dakota Tourism and partners at IPW

North Dakota travel representatives at U.S. Travel Association's IPW hosted 51 appointments with international tour operators, receptive tour operators, domestic tour operators and media during the five-day event in Orlando, Fla. Leads were collected from 15 countries ranging from large tour operators to smaller niche programs that fit very well with North Dakota travel product offered to visitors from around the world.

IPW is the No. 1 international travel trade show on American soil. It serves as a one-stop shop for all things related to international tourism. More than 1,300 international and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries attend IPW to conduct business with more than 100 U.S. travel organizations. Nearly 100,000 pre-scheduled business meeting — a record for IPW — took place between travel buyers and U.S. travel organizations. Travel initiated by IPW is projected to bring 8.8 million international visitors to the United States, $28 billion in total spending, and $4.7 billion in direct bookings to U.S. destinations over the next three years.

Sheri Grossman of the Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Charley Johnson of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Fred Walker from North Dakota Tourism attended the five-day event at the end of May and early June in Orlando, Fla.

 

Increase in International Travel Expected

The Commerce Department today released new data forecasting international visitors who stay one or more nights in the United States will reach a record 77.6 million this year, up more than 3.6 percent from total visitors in 2014. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker speaking at the IPW 2015 luncheon issued the 2015 Spring Travel Forecast showing America continues to be a premier travel destination and will continue to see strong visitation growth through 2020.

According to the current forecast, the United States will see a 3.8 percent to 4.6 percent annual growth rate in visitor volume during the 2015-2020 timeframe. By the year 2020, it is projected that 96.4 million visitors will travel to the U.S., an increase of 29 percent over 2014. The latest forecast produces a compound annual growth rate during the forecast period of 4.3 percent – a slight increase from the 2014 Fall Travel Forecast.

 

Tourism by the Numbers

North Dakota Tourism tracks visitors and spending trends and reports finding to its partners in several ways, including quarterly visitation statistics and annual report. Click here for the 2015 first quarter report. If you would like to participate in our statistics program, or would like more information, please contact Tricia Miller, Digital Systems Manager, North Dakota Department of Commerce, 701-328-5328.

 

Virtual Advertising at Target Field

Watch for North Dakota Tourism’s sponsorship of  the Twins/Chicago White Sox games this weekend on Fox Sports North. The sponsorship includes TV ads, virtual ballpark signage (shown here), sportscaster Marnie Gellner’s top 10  things to do in North Dakota video and website ads. In addition, two North Dakota wrapped  trucks from All Over Media will be circling Target Center during the games. 

 

Tourism Campaign Wins Awards

North Dakota Tourism's recent television advertising won five Telly Awards. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. Recognized ads:

  • Silver – ND Tourism Legendary Air Museum TV :15
  • Bronze – ND Tourism Legendary Golf TV :15
  • Bronze – ND Tourism Legendary History TV :15
  • Bronze – ND Tourism Legendary National Park TV :15
  • Bronze – ND Tourism Legendary Outdoors TV :15

The campaign was created by Odney Advertising.

Travel Updates