February 19, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter

Keep up with the latest tourism-industry news

February 19, 2014 Newsletter

Travel Industry Conference
Vote for TRNP
North Dakota 125th logo
Certified training for interpreters
Bloggers and Writers Workshop
Improve social media efforts
Industry dashboards
Brand USA

Tourism Industry Conference

Take a few minutes to sign up for the Travel Industry Conference April 14-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo. The event will include breakout sessions, awards and panel discussions to help grow your tourism-related business. Click here for more conference information. Also, nominations are needed for the annual Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism. Click here for a list of categories and take a few minutes to nominate someone you think is deserving of these special awards. The deadline for nominations is March 14. Scholarships are available. Register now to receive the early bird rate of $150.


TRNP up for USA Today Readers' Choice Award

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the running for the USA Today-Travel Readers’ Choice award for "Best Presidential Attraction." TRNP is up for the award among only 20 other attractions from around the nation – attractions like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Rushmore. Voting is open to the public and voters are allowed to vote once per day before noon on March 3. The top attraction will be named on March 5. Click here to vote.


Certified training for interpreters

A Certified Interpretive Guide training workshop will be held March 9-12 in Washburn. The course by the National Association for Interpretation "inspires leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession.” The training is for individuals who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, historical and cultural sites, commercial tour companies and theme parks – the places people visit. Click here for more information.


North Dakota 125th anniversary

Vendors and promoters wishing to use the official 125th anniversary logo must get permission to do so. Click here for the form and to get more information on the 125th anniversary celebration in 2014.



Bloggers and Writers Workshop

Registration is now open for the 2014 Bloggers and Writers Workshop in Fargo April 13-14. Get tips from editor Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly, hear about some of the new things taking place around the state and network with local freelance writers. Click here to register today.


Improve your social media efforts

Not everybody is using social media - yet. Make the most of your time and effort on the social networks by using a few proven techniques. Click here to find out more.


Industry dashboards

The best way to know how, when, where and to whom to market your travel offering is to keep up with the latest trends. North Dakota Tourism has put together an industry dashboard on travel activity and signals of intent to travel.




Brand USA 2013 report

Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA. Brand USA plays a unique role as the nation’s first cooperative destination marketing organization. In addition to promoting the United States as a premier travel destination through consumer and travel trade marketing, advertising, events and promotions, it works with the Federal government to communicate US entry and security processes that will help make the journey to and into the United States easier and more welcoming. Click here for is 2013 ROI report.