Tourism development workshop will focus on opportunities

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Explore an informative and entertaining way to network, learn and cross-promote business at this year's North Dakota Tourism Development and AgriTourism workshop at the Grand Forks Alerus Center on April 15, 2013.

The workshop will be held at the Grand Forks Alerus Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Session topics include:
"Growth and Prosperity in Your Agritourism Future" by Martha Glass of the North Carolina Agritourism Marketing Association 
How to create a new model for tourism business development by Marilyn Schlake, University of Nebraska Extension
Developing heritage tourism in your community by Jacqueline Evans

There will also be a panel featuring North Dakota operators who have successfully started a tourism-related business, resources for starting or growing a tourism business, and a networking lunch.

Sponsored by North Dakota Tourism, the workshop is a kick-off to the 2013 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference.

"Agritourism is inviting guests to visit a working farm or ranch, and could include activities such as a you-pick garden, farmstay, educational tour and hands-on farming or ranching activities." said Dean Ihla, tourism development manager at the North Dakota Tourism Division. "This workshop is a great opportunity for anyone currently operating a tourism business, or those who are considering it and want to learn about the benefits," Ihla said. "Participants will hear directly from national experts and have opportunities to network with other providers across the state."

Attendees can preregister and view the agenda at www.ndtourism.com/industry/agritourism/north-dakota-agritourism-workshop/.
Early registration is available until April 1 for $20. All registrations include the tourism development workshop, networking lunch and resource materials. Attendees of the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference can attend the workshop at no additional cost.

For more information on the agritourism workshop, please contact Dean Ihla at the Tourism Division at dihla@nd.gov or by calling 701-328-3505.

As one of North Dakota's leading industries, tourism attracts visitors to the state's 646 attractions, 357 events and festivals, and 886 hotels. In addition, more than 33,000 jobs in North Dakota are attributed to this robust industry.