September 3, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota

September 3, 2015  Newsletter

Travel Updates
Tourism Industry Summit is October 6
Big Ideas for Small Communities
Large Infrastructure Grant Deadline Approaches
What's New in Your Area
All Work and No Play ...
North Dakota Needs Your Vote

 

Travel Updates

  • New Minot Airport slated to open in January will be the largest in the state.
  • Herd and Horns, a new grill and bar adjacent to the NDSU campus, just opened. It features handcrafted and high-quality dishes, coming up with a unique take on shareable dishes, including several types of sliders. Click here for more.
  • Level 2 Comedy Club now open at the Radisson, Fargo. Click here for more.
  • Free Entrance Day at Theodore Roosevelt National Park is September 26, which is National Public Lands Day. Click here for more.
  • Cobblestone Inn in Beulah is now open.
  • Fort Union will transition from summer hours to winter hours Sept. 6. Winter hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Central Time).

 

Tourism Industry Summit is October 6

This year’s stakeholder meeting is expanding to an industry summit due to the favorable response to last year’s expanded session and partner interest in marketing programs and developments. Tourism marketers, event planners, advertisers and business owners are invited to learn the latest trends in marketing North Dakota tourism industry, ways to cooperatively advertise with the state and how North Dakota Tourism will be advertising in the year ahead. Sessions will focus on tools and platforms available to partners to help leverage the state’s marketing campaign and promotional efforts. Click here for the agenda.

 

Big Ideas for Small Communities

There’s still time to register for “Big Ideas for Small Communities” with Becky McCray on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. Click here for agenda. McCray's programs on small business, economic development, social media and marketing have given practical ideas to audiences at omore than 150 events, including entrepreneur conferences, business groups, small town conferences, tourism associations, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Click here for more about McCray. Also on hand will be North Dakotans who have already put their big ideas into action and representatives from various agencies to help you find the resources.

Registration (includes lunch and admission to the Interpretive Center)
$50 first registration. $35 for additional attendees from same business, organization or community.
Sponsorships with display table available for $100 (includes one workshop registration).
Registration is limited to the first 100. Click here to register.

 

Large Infrastructure Grant Deadline Approaches

North Dakota Tourism is offering an additional grant program totaling $750,000 to one or more new tourism attractions that can bring more visitors to North Dakota. The Tourism Infrastructure Grant Program’s purpose is to fund new tourism operations capable of attracting visitors from outside North Dakota for at least one overnight stay. Funds can be used for building new visitor attractions, major expansions, offering a new experience and supporting services for visitors. Funds cannot be used for marketing or ongoing operating expenses. Click here for applications, which are due by October 1, 2015, or contact Dean Ihla at 701-328-3505 for more information.

 

What's New in Your Area 

What’s new in your area for 2016? North Dakota Tourism wants to help you market new or enhanced products in your area. It is gathering ideas for next year and would like to include your expanded, enhanced or new entities in 2016 pitch packets. This information will be used in promotional materials and social media efforts. If you would like to be included in this FREE opportunity, please send a brief description along with a picture of your “What’s New” for next year to Kim Schmidt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 All Work and no Play …

Nine tourism professionals from North Dakota attended the USTA’s 2015 ESTO conference. ESTO stands for Education for State Tourism Offices, but in recent years has expanded session offerings to appeal to local and regional DMOs as well. This year’s conference was held in Portland, Ore., and included professional development sections for directors, marketing and advertising, public relations, domestic and international travel trade, travel information centers and product development. Keynote and breakout sessions covered broad topics like “economics affecting tourism” to specific session like "tracking visitor’s journey using technology.” Shown here are members of the state tourism staff, Odney and the Fargo-Moorhead CVB sporting their “Northwest Hipster” looks for the themed closing banquet.

 

North Dakota Needs Your Vote

North Dakota needs your vote for a national award! The Watford City Southeast and Southwest Truck Bypass project is a Top 10 finalist in America’s Transportation Awards competition and needs your vote. Click here to vote for our North Dakota project. Individuals can vote up to 10 times each day, so we encourage you to vote for the Watford City Bypass projects every day. Voting runs through Sept. 11. North Dakota is currently in third place behind Florida and Kentucky. The award winner will receive a $10,000 prize that will be donated to a non-profit charity or scholarship fund. The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials awards program was created to honor state transportation department projects that deliver value to communities. Please vote today.