September 15, 2016, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

 

Travel Updates
Tell Me Something Good
Join the Roundup
2016 Media Fam Exposure
Group Travel Expert Tip
Native Tourism Alliance Summit
NATIVE Act Passes House
United Tribes Powwow
American Indian Business Conference

 

Travel Updates

 

Tell Me Something Good

  • Grand Forks recently launched the Grand Forks mobile app as a promotional tool to help visitors and locals discover the great things to see and do in the city and neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn. Key features include the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events, deals and discounts for local businesses, things to do, turn-by-turn directions and much more. The mobile app will also allow the CVB to communicate with users through push notifications announcing updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Click here for more.
  • In a Stratos Jet Charters survey, North Dakota earned a No. 4-ranking for Most Welcoming States due to its high sentiment ratings for tourist-related tweets between June 2014-July 2015. Click here for more.
  • Visitation numbers at attractions have been strong this summer, led by Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which has seen a 35% increase in visitation through August. Travelers have flocked to the park, in part, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

                         

Join the Roundup

Time is getting short to register for International Roundup 2017, which will be in Bismarck for the first time, May 3-5, 2017. For more than 20 years, Rocky Mountain International has hosted international buyers/tour operators who specialize in selling the Real America region. Roundup offers a chance to enhance the product base and knowledge of the region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Let's make the first Roundup in North Dakota a success. There are still a few openings for tourism-related businesses, CVBs, attractions and events. Sign up now! Click here to register.

 

2016 Media Fam Exposure

This has been a fun, #NDLegendary year welcoming media to North Dakota and we can’t thank you enough for helping host them in your communities - from bloggers like Rebecca Cooper and Amanda Williams with Trekaroo to John O’Connor, who featured the Maah Daah Hey Trail in the New York Times online edition and in its print edition on September 18. Below and left are just a few hits that we’ve captured with more to come as we have media scheduled to visit through November. 

 

     

 

Group Travel Expert Tip

Make your ordinary tourism industry extraordinary without spending extra money. Click here for more.

 

Native Tourism Alliance adds to Tribal Leaders Forum

The North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance Summit was held in conjunction with the 20th annual tribal leaders summit in Bismarck. The event was held just prior to United Tribes International Powwow and included presentations from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota Tribal Tourism Directors, North Dakota Tourism, North Dakota Indian Affairs, North Dakota Indian Business Alliance, a traditional foods chef from the Toasted Frog and a George Washington University tourism researcher working to develop the alliance. Several national tribal leaders also attended the summit, including several tribal chairmen and the president of the National Congress of American Indians. 

 

NATIVE Act Passes House

The Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp was passed by the House of Representatives last week and awaits the President’s signature. South Dakota Senator John Thune introduced the legislation. “I’m glad the NATIVE Act received the same broad bipartisan support this week in the House as it did earlier this year in the Senate,” Thune said. “This is a good, common-sense bill that will have a real impact in tribal communities throughout the country, including the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota nations in South Dakota." As part of the North Dakota NTA discussions, the president of this group will be included in policy discussions and added to the large infrastructure grant review committee, along with DMAND and EDND presidents. 

 

United Tribes Powwow

International interest in United Tribes International Powwow remains high. This year, documentary film crews from Austria and Germany were at the powwow for three days. One crew was filming the story of Lewis & Clark and their time with Native Americans along the Missouri River; the other on Prince Maximillian and Karl Bodmer, both of Austria. These film crews are in North Dakota for about two weeks in numerous locations. Both wanted to showcase the International Powwow to their audiences. International Powwow also is a highlight for group travelers. One lady from Illinois in the state for the first time said “the International Powwow was the selling point for me.” Her group spent 3½ hours at the powwow, visiting the booths, watching the dancers, listening to the drummers and eating. The 48th annual United Tribes International Powwow is September 8-10, 2017.

 

American Indian Business Conference

The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) will hold the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country” November 3-4 at the Radisson in Bismarck. The AIBA is comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA), Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA), Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA), South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA) and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) proudly announces

The conference attracts native-owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers and financial institutions and is recognized as the premier Indian small business development conference in the Northern Plains region. Sessions highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy.

For more information, visit North Dakota Indian Business Alliance’s website at www.ndiba.com