North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week celebrates the state's third-largest industry

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Tourism attractions and destinations celebrate with activities and prizes

Bismarck, N.D. - To celebrate North Dakota's tourism industry and kick off the summer travel season, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared May 5 -13 "North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week." It's held in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual salute to the tourism and travel industry that highlights the industry's benefits and importance to communities and Americans.

"As the state's third-largest industry, tourism is a strong contributor to North Dakota's robust economy and benefits all of our counties," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. "Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity to celebrate this important industry, as well as encourage North Dakotans to get out and explore our attractions, destinations and events."

Various statewide tourism attractions and destinations are celebrating "North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week" with planned activities and prizes. The prizes range from North Dakota Legendary gear like T-shirts and hoodies to free passes to tourism attractions and destinations. Participating tourism attractions and destinations include:
Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau is giving away daily gift packages and prizes, including free golf passes, summer concert tickets and a tandem bicycle. Each prize highlights local attractions, events or destinations. Participants can sign up online at: www.visitgrandforks.com/play
Van Hook Resort, Lake Sakakawea near New Town, is conducting a "Fish Stories Raffle" May 5-13. To earn raffle tickets, anglers can do one of two things: 1) bring their fresh catch to the Bait Shop or 2) bring a photo of a fish caught and then released. The photo must feature the angler holding the fish and show the date of the catch. More than 20 prizes will be awarded May 14.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, south of Mandan, is hosting a Mother's Day Hike on Saturday, May 12. Participants will receive free North Dakota Legendary gear.
Maple River Distillery, Casselton, will promote "North Dakota Tourism Week" in conjunction with announcing the three finalists for its 2012 Drink Recipe Contest on May 10 at Spirits Lounge in the Holiday Inn.
Fort Buford State Historic Site, near Williston, is giving away North Dakota Legendary gear. Visitors can register for the prizes onsite. 
Wahpeton Convention and Visitors Bureau will conduct various promotions on its website and Facebook page.
Devils Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau is featuring the "Discover Devils Lake" passport program. This new program, created in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Devils Lake, the Devils Lake School District and 11 local attractions, helps travelers and Devils Lake residents connect with the community. People can visit participating business and earn a stamp to win prizes. Other activities for the week include daily radio trivia in partnership with Mix 96.7 FM, in which listeners can win prizes. A free local familiarization (FAM) tour will be conducted on May 9, and nature lovers can enjoy a guided birding hike at Sully's Hill National Game Preserve on May 12.
Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting the "Wood Chipper in Fargo" birthday bash. People can stop by the Visitors Center during regular business hours to enjoy a wood chipper cupcake, take their photo with the wood chipper and register for prizes

It's not just tourism attractions and destinations commemorating "North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week." The North Dakota Department of Transportation (ND DOT) will feature daily trivia that highlights the state's attractions and destinations. The trivia will be hosted on the department's Intranet and DOT employees can win prizes.

"Help us celebrate North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week' by participating in the various events scheduled statewide. You'll have fun discovering things to see and do in North Dakota, in addition to winning great prizes," North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. "And as you plan your summer vacations, be sure to explore the treasures found right here."

Otte Coleman notes that no matter where in North Dakota people vacation, travel plans can be accommodated, as long as travelers plan ahead. "Many local hotels have rooms set aside for leisure travelers, so call hotels directly rather than using the national reservation service."

Get connected to great information about vacationing in North Dakota by becoming a Facebook fan of North Dakota Tourism at www.facebook.com/TravelND or follow the organization on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NorthDakota.

To see a calendar of events and learn about all there is to experience in North Dakota, request a copy of the North Dakota Travel Guide by calling 800-435-5663 or check out the North Dakota Tourism website at NDtourism.com.

Make your North Dakota vacation more enjoyable by planning ahead and making hotel reservations in advance. For a listing of local convention and visitors bureaus offering travel assistance, go to: www.ndtourism.com/industry/chamber-links/.