October 15 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

October 15 Newsletter

Travel Update
Governor's Photo Contest Winners
Tourism Industry Summit
 

 

Travel Update

 

Governor's Photo Contest Winners

The winners and honorable mentions from the 12th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest were presented by Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley in a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol building. Joining in the presentation were North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) Executive Director Beth Gigante Klingenstein and AAA Senior Public Affairs Representative Gene LaDoucer.

The vibrant fall colors of “Teddy’s Cabin” earned Katherine Plessner the Best of Show and Attraction category awards. The Verona photographer also won in the Scenery category for her “Hi Line Train.” This year’s contest began in May and had more than double the entries from the year before at 1,133. Click here for more information.

 

Tourism Industry Summit

The North Dakota Tourism Division staff, along with agency partners, hosted a Tourism Industry Summit last week at the State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The event attracted more than 80 attendees from across the state.  Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson kicked off the day and Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman provided an industry overview and marketing insight update. There were breakout sessions on social media, consumer and industry shows, tourism partner services, FAMs and website updates presented by tourism staff: Kim, Mike, Fred, Deanne, Tammy, Scooter, Janice, Dean and Tricia. Odney account leads Gwen Hubbard and Michael Piece presented the 2016 Media Plan. If you were unable to attend, click here to download the Media Plan. This link also includes the cooperative plan, which Heather presented. Cooperative advertising providers and tourism agency personnel from Miles Media (website) and Fahlgren-Mortine (public relations) were also available throughout the day.

Key changes in the media plan for 2016 include:

  • Addition of Illinois in the digital and print buys
  • Many new magazine titles
  • Adding television in Canada
  • New outdoor strategy
  • Using expandable digital ads
  • Adding Milwaukee Brewer advertising