June 8, 2017, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
International Buyers at IPW
List Events on Tourism Website
Brand USA Needs Your Help
USA Today 10 Best Vote
Buffalo Trails Tour debuts
Group Travel Tip: Reaching Millennials
U.S. Governors to Canada: Happy Birthday
North Dakota participated in the largest international travel show held in the country. US Travel Association's IPW (formerly known as International Pow Wow) was held in Washington, D.C. for the first time in its history. More than 6,000 attendees representing media and domestic travel suppliers, international operators and buyers from more than 70 countries convened for 110,000 meetings to discuss future travel and feature stories for U.S. travel destinations.
Charley Johnson, Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo CVB, and Sheri Grossman, Bismarck-Mandan CVB, along with Fred Walker of North Dakota Tourism, participated in 44 formal 20-minute meetings with existing and potential travel promotion allies from around the world. Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman also met with more than 25 media pitching story ideas and content pieces on North Dakota offerings. The state's representatives covered the single North Dakota booth, which was part of an entire aisle representing the Real America region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
Next year's event will be held in Denver, which will provide additional opportunities for pre- and post-fam tours and a broader representation from North Dakota with a larger booth. If you are interested in knowing more about the international program or attending IPW 2018 in Denver, contact Fred Walker at [email protected]
Why not take advantage of every free opportunity to promote your event, attraction or accommodation? Garrison's Sky Fest at Fort Stevenson State Park was a recent success and event organizers said the event's listing at NDtourism.com helped attract guests from New York, Georgia and many other states that saw the event on the tourism website: "Please say a big thank you to everyone there at tourism. The work you do makes such a difference in events like mine and I’m just incredibly grateful," officials said. On the flip side, a visitor reported finding a listing for an attraction in the Bismarck-Mandan area and driving from Bottineau to Mandan only to find the hours were incorrect. If you have a Partner Access account, please go to partners.ndtourism.com and use it to add or update your listing. If you don't have an account, contact Tammy Backhaus or Scooter Pursley at ND Tourism and they will get you set up.
Brand USA, which markets the United States as a travel destination, would lose funding if President Trump's 2018 budget passes as is. Industry representatives are asked to contact their senators or representatives in Congress to emphasize the importance of tourism to the national economy and pass the word along the line to members and networks, encouraging them also to make their voices known. The program has delivered incredible results. In the past four years, Brand USA generated an additional 4.3 million visitors from other countries, which added $29.5 billion to our economy. Not only that, Brand USA adds an average of 50,900 new U.S.-based jobs annually as a result of the increases in international travelers to the U.S. Most importantly, it doesn't spend a dime of federal taxpayer dollars. Click here to have your voice heard.
The Buffalo Trails Tour is one of the newest tourism attractions in the state, offering visitors a chance to learn about the buffalo that once roamed the Northern Plains in vast herds, was nearly wiped out and thrive again today. It also tells the story of the last great buffalo hunt in the area around Hettinger, N.D. Author Francie Berg published two books on the subject, one a companion book that visitors can use to find sites on the 10-site driving tour.
“We are excited to have the Buffalo Trails in the Dakota Buttes added to the legendary ways visitors can explore our great state, and thank Francie Berg for her work putting the trail and self-guided tour book together," North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman said. "This trail blends together our state’s rich history, access to wildlife, and scenic drives into an adventure we hope many people come out to enjoy."
Vote for your favorite attraction in North Dakota. USA Today is conducting an online Readers' Choice poll to determine the 10 best attractions in North Dakota. Cast your vote here once per day and encourage others to do so as well until polls close on Monday, July 3, at 11 a.m. CT. The winning attractions will be announced on Friday, July 7.
Click here to find out how three CVBs successfully reached millennial groups and how you can, too.
The governors of 11 U.S. states that border Canada, including North Dakota, have written birthday greetings in time for Canada's sesquicentennial (150 years), and they're on public display outside the U.S. Embassy on Mackenzie Avenue in Ottawa. The postcard from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum reads: "On behalf of the citizens of North Dakota, congratulations on the 150th anniversary of your great confederation. As your neighbor, friend and partner in agriculture, energy development and the International Peace Garden, we value our long-term relationship and wish you all the best as you celebrate this milestone." Click here for more.
- Travel information map
- Details about sites along the Northern Plains Heritage Area can be found here.
- There is a new visitor center at Grahams Island State Park near Devils Lake. Click here for more.
- Wimbledon is celebrating 125 years June 23-24. Click here for more.
- State Capitol Tour Summer hours have changed
- Dickinson Dinosaur Museum has reopened.
- Construction begins May 30 on several bridges over I-29 near Grand Forks
- Construction on Grant Marsh Bridge I-94 to N. Bismarck. Expect delays of 15-30 minutes.