March 16, 2017, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Teddy Roosevelt and North Dakota Tourism's Mike Jensen at the Omaha Boat, Travel and Sports Show
How do you plan for the future of your organization? What’s the outlook for the hotel industry in North Dakota? How do you market to today’s travel planners and buyers? What’s the economic impact of travel in your county? How do you effectively manage your online presence? These questions and many more will be ANSWERED at this year’s travel industry conference. Hear from industry experts. Learn about new trends. Get your marketing motivated. Click here for this year’s program and to register. This year’s conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, April 17-19. Lodging is available under the block “Travel Industry Conference” for $109 a night plus tax.
Time is running out! Don't wait until the last minute to nominate a worthy colleague for a Governor's Award for Tourism. Everybody knows somebody worthy of recognition. Let them know how much you care about the great job they do. It only takes a couple of minutes. You have until March 29 to make nominations for awards to be presented at the Travel Industry Conference April 17-19 in Bismarck. New this year is the Flint Firestarter Award for a Tourism Development Project. Since this is the first year for this award, businesses that have opened in the last five years will be considered. Also new is the Trailblazer Award for tourism innovation and the Telegraph Award for marketing technology. Click here for more details.
North Dakota Tourism, along with the Real America partners of Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, held travel trade trainings and workshops in Brussels and Amsterdam, along with other trainings around Holland in early March. More than 100 travel trade professionals attended six sessions where they were educated on the region's unique travel opportunities, including those that fit into additional days added to current itineraries/tours or new itineraries with Minneapolis/St. Paul as a gateway into the region. Following the Benelux mission, Tourism's international marketing manager Fred Walker attended the Visit USA Showcase held in Naples, Italy. The Showcase had record attendance from both the destinations and travel trade with 56 appointments over 12 hours with a break for lunch sponsored by the region. The Showcase is held in different cities each year. Follow-up will continue over the next few months as additional needs arise from these new companies.
The group industry is competitive. Nevertheless, every supplier can enhance their tour-attracting powers by demonstrating they are the group-friendly choice. Click here for tips on how to be a supplier.