May 5, 2016, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news from North Dakota

May 5, 2016 E-Newsletter

 

Travel Update
Governor's Photo Contest
Cooperative Marketing
RMI Real America Summit
ND National Parks Impact Economy
Please Get Your Deals on the Website
Make NDtourism.com Work for you

 

Travel Update

 

Governor's Photo Contest

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA of North Dakota and North Dakota Council on the Arts, are kicking off the 2016 Governor’s Photo Contest. All North Dakota photographers are encouraged to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in the state. Deadline for entry is August 31, 2016. Photographers can submit photos to one or more of the following categories: Adventure and Recreation, Places to Visit, Events, People, Scenery and Wildlife. One winner will be selected in each contest category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving $50 and North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. Click here for more information.

  

Cooperative Marketing

Have an event happening during our prime days of summer or this fall? Big name concert coming to your venue? Outdoor adventures abound? Our fall Canadian newspaper insert is the perfect way to showcase your North Dakota legendary adventure. We have four 1/8-page placements available which will be seen in more than 300,000 Canadian households from August 19-21. They are first-come, first-serve and can be reserved by contacting Maria Hager today.
 

RMI Real America Summit

Travel professionals from the four-state region of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming met recently in Cody, Wyo. for the 2016 Summit and Roundup. Bismarck and North Dakota will host its first Summit and Roundup in May of 2017. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ND National Parks Impact Economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that visitors to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2015 spent $39.95 million in communities near these parks. That spending supported 516 jobs in the surrounding areas. According to North Dakota Parks Superintendent Wendy Ross, “National Park tourism is a significant driver in the U.S. economy — returning $10 for every $1 invested in the NPS — and it’s also a big factor in our local economy.” The peer reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz for the NPS. According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1%), followed by food/beverages (20.2%), gas and oil (11.8%), admissions and fees (10.2%), and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8%).  Click here to learn more about national parks in North Dakota and how the National Park Service works with North Dakota communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment and provide outdoor recreation.
 
 

Please Get Your Deals on the Website

The only thing better than taking a vacation - whether it's in your own backyard, the next city over or on the other side of the state - is finding a great deal to make it worthwhile. North Dakota Tourism encourages you to use partner access to add your deal to the website. Your listing will appear on our Deals page where visitors will find bargains that may lead to an extra day in area and an extra nights in a hotel, motel or lodge.

 

Make NDtourism.com Work for you

If you aren’t using NDtourism.com to list your community events, you’re passing up on free publicity and potential visitation. The events page is the second-most visited page on the website with an average of 5,150 clicks per month. Plus, the events entered on the site feed into advertising, an online events guide, monthly press releases, social media posts, home page features, radio interviews and more. Take the time to manage your events through Partner Access at: https://partners.ndtourism.com/user/login/. If you snooze, you might lose.