October 1, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

October 1, 2015 Newsletter

 

Travel Update
One more reminder: Industry Summit Oct. 6
Mega Fam Tours North Dakota
3 Tabbed as ABA Top 100 Events for 2016
Tourism by the Numbers
Big Ideas for Small Communities
State Rate

 

Travel Update

 

One more reminder: Industry Summit Oct. 6

One last reminder: More than 75 are registered for Tuesday's stakeholder meeting was expanded to an industry summit due to the favorable response to last year’s expanded session and partner interest in marketing programs and developments. It will be held Oct. 6 at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Click here for the agenda

 

Mega Fam Tours North Dakota

North Dakota joined forces with South Dakota in hosting a Mega Fam tour for Real America in early September. Eight tour operators from Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium spent eight days touring North Dakota and South Dakota. The public relations staff person from the Benelux office for Rocky Mountain International and a United States-based Rocky Mountain International staff person were on the fam as well.

The tour showcased attractions, destinations, accommodations and events from the area. The group attended the United Tribes International Powwow, Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue in addition to visiting Minot, Carrington, the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site, Fargo/West Fargo and Jamestown.

North Dakota joins South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming as partners in the Real America brand in the markets of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Benelux Region, Nordic markets, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Austria. Thanks to all of our partners who helped make the Mega Fam very successful.

 

3 Tabbed as ABA Top 100 Events for 2016

The American Bus Association (ABA) has selected the Medora MusicalNorsk Høstfest in Minot and United Tribes International Powwow in Bismarck as Top 100 Events in North America for 2016. Each event will will be featured in the September/October issue of Destinations magazine and will appear in print, digital and social media avenues in the group travel trade industry. The KeplinFest in Belcourt was recognized by the ABA as an “Event to Watch.”

"The distinction for the Medora Musical, Norsk Høstfest and UTTC International Powwow as Top 100 Events and KeplinFest as an Event to Watch ... verifies the commitment of hard work, dedication and the quality of entertainment associated with each event, and their entertainment value to tour groups and individual travelers," said North Dakota Tourism Group Travel Marketing Manager Deanne Cunningham.

Past North Dakota winners include Dickens Village Festival in Garrison, Mandan Rodeo Days, Big Iron Farm Expo in West Fargo and the Lewis and Clark Signature Event in New Town.

 

Tourism by the Numbers

North Dakota Tourism tracks visitors and spending trends and reports findings to its partners. Click here to view second quarter results.

 

Big Ideas for Small Communities

Becky McCray drew a large audience to Washburn for her “Big Ideas for Small Communities” presentation on Sept. 22. McCray's programs on small business, economic development, social media and marketing gave practical ideas to the audience. Click here for more.

 

State Rate Increasing

Hotels, motel and other lodging entities within North Dakota doing business with state agencies are advised that the state rate for lodging increased to $80.10 on Oct. 1. State law allows for 90% of the rate allowed by the federal government.