March 3, 2016, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

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March 3, 2016 Newsletter

Travel Updates
Register Now: 2016 Travel Industry Conference
Governor's Awards for Travel and Tourism
Group Travel Expert Tip
Cooperative Marketing
Rural Business Model Webinar
2016 Cultural Heritage Grant Application
Outdoor Heritage Funds in Action
New Terminal at Minot Airport

 

Travel Updates

 

Register Now: 2016 Travel Industry Conference

This year’s Travel Industry Conference features a personal brand strategist, an entrepreneurial leader, a VP from the largest provider of destination apps, five (current or former) state tourism directors from the region and experts on UAS technology, content development and more. Make sure you are there too! Click here to register online.

User name: NDTIC
Password: 2016Conference (case sensitive)

 

Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism

Nominate a deserving member of our industry. The nominations for this year’s Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism will be taken through March 17. 

 

Group Travel Expert Tip

Invite your visitors to make history. Click here to find out how.

 

Cooperative Marketing

Take advantage of a new, customized opportunity to get the word out on your destination. North Dakota Tourism offers individualized eBlasts directed toward our existing leisure and hunting and fishing eNewsletter subscribers. Be the only voice showcasing your destination to our 20,000 leisure and 3,000 hunting and fishing subscribers. However, because this opportunity is only available once per month on the leisure side and quarterly for hunting and fishing, it’s first come, first served. Leisure eBlasts are $2,000 per send while hunting and fishing are $800 per send. Contact Mitch Knothe at 208-869-5178 to take advantage of this personalized opportunity or for more information.

Be one of 10 North Dakota advertisers in our exclusive spring and fall Canadian newspaper inserts. Jump on the chance to showcase your area to hundreds of thousands. Have questions or want to claim your placement before they’re gone? Contact Maria Hager today!

  • May Canadian insert – two 1/8-page spots, $500 each: deadline April 1
  • August Canadian insert – five 1/8-page spots, $500 each: deadline July 1

True West Magazine will feature a historic hotel and saloon themed advertorial opportunity in its May issue. For size options and pricing, contact Cynthia Burke. Deadline is March 6.

Midwest Living partner spots are available in the May/June issue. It will include a story on the anniversary of the National Park Service - including Theodore Roosevelt National Park - and an active events guide, including the Maah Daah Hey Trail Race. Midwest Living is offering readers plenty of reasons to travel to our state, so be sure to highlight your community. Please reach Katy Hildman for special pricing. Deadline is March 8.

Mpls St. Paul Magazine’s upcoming May issue will have a special section on golf. For advertisement questions and placement, contact Kim Birkland today. Deadline is March 23. And don’t forget to ask about its June advertorial special. 

 

Rural Business Model Webinar

The North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division, NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality and Iowa SBDC are offering an interactive webinar “Micro-Startups and Other Innovative Rural Business Models” Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. CST.

Featured speakers Becky McCray and Deb Brown are both small-town people. McCray owns a retail store and cattle ranch with her husband, Joe, in Hopeton, Oklahoma. She shares insights from real-world experiences at her highly-ranked website, Small Biz Survival, and in her award-winning book, Small Town Rules. McCray was featured at the Big Ideas for Small Towns workshop last year in Washburn. Brown is the executive director of the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce in Iowa. She is recognized internationally for her online presence as @debworks and publisher of Building Possibility.

The cost to participate in the webinar is $20 and advanced registration is required. To register or learn more about the webinar, go to http://saveyour.town/webinar.

 

2016 Cultural Heritage Grant Application

The State Historical Society of North Dakota's Cultural Heritage Grant Program provides grant funding for local museums and historical societies for a variety of projects. Applications for the 2016 Cultural Heritage Grant are now being accepted. The Historical Society will award up to $45,000 in 2016 for projects in these categories: Exhibits, Special Projects, Education and Collections. Submit applications to the State Historical Society. The completed application must be accepted by the Historical Society by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 25. Applications and guidelines for Cultural Heritage Grant programs are available at history.nd.gov or from Grants and Contracts Officer Amy Munson at 701-328-3573 or amunson@nd.gov.

 

Outdoor Heritage Funds in Action

Grand Forks has been approved for $100,000 in funding from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. This award will be used to assist with the completion of a trail and dock project to provide access to the Red River in downtown Grand Forks. Work is scheduled to begin this summer. The project's first phase was completed in 2014 and included a concrete trail to a pre-existing trail and boathouse foundation. The second phase includes a continuation of the paved trail and an ADA compliant canoe and kayak launch. The dock can also be used for shore fishing. This project is located in downtown Grand Forks, along the Red River.

The Outdoor Heritage Fund is designed to enhance habitat, public access, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation in the state. The Outdoor Heritage Fund is supported by funding from a slice of the state’s oil and gas production tax and administered through the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

 

New Terminal at Minot Airport

After more than 200,000 work hours and two-and-a-half years, the $43 million terminal at Minot International Airport is welcoming visitors to the Magic City. Mayor Chuck Barney, City Manager Lee Staab and Airport Committee Chairman Jim Hatlelid greeted each passenger as they made their way to the jet bridge to board the first plane, a 5 a.m. flight on Feb. 29. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place minutes before as passengers waited in the spacious new hold area. Click here to read more about the new 121,000-square-foot facility.