May 6, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on all of the latest tourism industry news
May 6, 2014 Newsletter
Update your NDtourism.com Listings
Please Fill out Conference Survey
Bloggers and Writers Workshop
Governor's Photo Contest
Federal Lands Access Program
Fargo Hometown Tourists
Hands-on Workshops Planned
Top 100 ABA Events Deadline Approaching
Circle Wisconsin Marketplace
Have you updated your listings lately on NDtourism.com? North Dakota’s advertising campaign is in full swing and we’re seeing hundreds of unique, new visitors to the website every day. Now is the time to add additional content including packages, specials and deals. Also make sure that your website and social media links are correct. Log-in here.
Attendees of the 2014 Travel Industry Conference are reminded to fill out the conference evaluation survey. Survey responses help with programming at future conferences. Take the survey here.
Great stories about North Dakota continue to be shared from the 2014 Bloggers & Writers Workshop in Fargo. Read about some of their favorite experiences.
In honor of North Dakota’s 125th anniversary, North Dakota Tourism encourages amateur photographers to use the “125 ways to LUV ND” list found at www.LuvND.com as additional inspiration for photos they submit to this year's North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest. This website features 125 ways residents and visitors can LuvND and experience all North Dakota has to offer. Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division website at www.NDtourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
North Dakota's ever-growing hotel room inventory has reached 25,000 rooms, according to the Destination Marketing Association of North Dakota. Available rooms increased 6,652 across the state between 2010 and 2013. North Dakota's occupancy rate is 66%, just above the national average of 63.9%.
Funds will be available to improve road access to federal lands. The Federal Land Access Program (FLAP) has $900,000 available to be used for preliminary engineering, construction engineering and construction of the project. These funds are to be used to improve roads to access federal lands. These include US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and the Bureau of Land Management. The federal/local ratio is: 80.93% federal/19.07% local. Those interested should contact the Local Government Division of the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2540.
The Hometown Tourist campaign for residents in Fargo-Moorhead is back for another year. The purpose of the Fargo-Moorhead CVB campaign is to encourage locals to experience the many interesting things in the community as a tourist would. Many people living in Fargo-Moorhead have not visited its major attractions or eaten at some of the area’s most popular restaurants. When residents are more acquainted with the area, they can become advocates and help promote Fargo-Moorhead to family, friends and potential visitors.
The state of North Dakota and Microsoft are teaming up to bring Small Business Hands-on Workshops to entrepreneurs across the state. The mobile lab will be in Dickinson May 7, Bismarck May 8 and Minot May 9. Workshop locations:
- Dickinson: May 7 - Strom Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Bismarck: May 8 - www.ideacenternd.org
- Minot: May 9 - MiSU Severson Entrepreneurship Academy
These hands-on lab sessions will be held for small businesses during two sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at each location. The sessiona are focused on small business owners wanting to experience cloud computing and the benefits of working from anywhere, at any time, on any device. Participating agencies in the program include North Dakota Department of Commerce, Career and Technical Education, Job Service North Dakota, North Dakota Education Technology Council, Department of Public Instruction, Marketplace for Kids and North Dakota University System.
Ten events, celebrations or festivals for the year 2015 are needed for consideration to the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events. Must be willing to ATTRACT groups, flexible independent travelers and more to the event. Must be willing to accept FREE publicity in print and online with national organizations, group-related magazine and press releases and to ACCEPT state and local recognition. Must be willing to receive ACCOLADES from the travel and tourism industry. Must be PROUD to represent your community event, festival or celebration. Contact Deanne Cunningham for a Top 100 ABA event form zt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circle Wisconsin Marketplace was held May 4-6, 2014 in Middleton, Wis. True Midwest tour operators, tour planners, bank travel leaders and senior client markets representing Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, California, Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and Minnesota attended. North Dakota was among the suppliers represented, joining Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. Deanne Cunningham attended the first-time marketplace and stated, “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with new operators and travel industry leaders, who were eager to learn about North Dakota and what our partners have to offer the group travel industry. I also received many great responses and questions in regards to the North Dakota tourism television ads that are currently airing in Wisconsin."
- Lewis and Clark Events Center: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center opens new events center.
- Road Repairs at TRNP North Unit: Road repairs are underway at in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
- Hotels Recently Opened: Expressway Suites – Grand Forks; Landmark Suites – Williston.
- Steve and Debb Weninger are getting prepared to accept guests at their ranch near Sentinel Butte. They’re calling it “Red Hills Ranch."
- American Airlines in Bismarck: American Airlines begins daily service from Bismarck to Chicago and Dallas starting Oct. 1.