February 19, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
February 19, 2015 Newsletter
The Education and Environment Division took action on HB 1018, approving most of the ongoing funding changes, including all of the Governor’s requested increases for tourism. The bill:
- Approves the ongoing $247,000 increase for international marketing adding UK, France, Italy and Benelux through the RMI partnership.
- Approves $1 million in one-time tourism Midwest marketing funds.
- Approves $750,000 for continuing the infrastructure grant program for tourism projects.
- Cuts the funding for Special Olympics, as Fargo was not selected to host.
- Approves .15 of FTE to bring tourism administration position to full time.
The bill now goes to the full appropriations committee before being voted on the House floor.
Other Tourism Related Bills:
HB 1420: The North Dakota Film production tax credit bill has been amended but has not been acted on.
HB 1422: Provides dollars for the promotion of the state as a production site to the film and television industry.
SB 2019: The North Dakota Parks and Recreation budget, which includes dollars for the Peace Garden, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and expanded state parks has not been acted on.
SB 2241: Would have created Department of Commerce satellite offices on all Indian reservations. Was converted to a study resolution.
SB 2339: Relating to the inclusion of buildings used in agritourism within the property tax exemption for farm buildings. Passed the Senate 25 to 22.
The new Lewis and Clark Golf Trail Guide is available. The guide has information and pictures of the courses within North Dakota located along and near the Missouri River, the principle route of the Corps of Discovery on its journey through North Dakota and on to the Pacific Ocean. Contact North Dakota Tourism or Clearwater Communications for more information.
Brand USA, our nation's tourism marketing organization, featured North Dakota Tourism's Fred Walker in the Visit USA Expo Daily Alert as a Mover and Shaker. Walker is working a show in Australia! Way to move and shake Fred.
Visitation information indicates that approximately 48% of visitors to the Heritage Center and other North Dakota historic sites are from out-of-state. North Dakota Tourism data shows that visitors who travel more than 50 miles to a destination, spend $207 daily in their travels. The Heritage Center has welcomed guests from each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., seven Canadian provinces and 42 nations..
- Fargo has an indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone: http://www.skyzone.com/fargo/Home.aspx
- North Dakota’s only Chipotle has opened in Fargo: http://www.wday.com/news/3674377-new-fargo-chipotle-brings-overflow-parking-surrounding-businesses
- Joachim Museum, Dickinson, hosting exhibit – True Blue: A Cyanotype Venture in Southwest North Dakota: http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/lifestyles/accent/3674229-museum-hosting-true-blue-exhibit-photos-created-cyanotype-method
- Frontier service from Bismarck will return in April: http://www.kxnet.com/story/28028869/frontier-airlines-website-service-from-bismarck-will-return-in-april
- Grand Forks LaQuinta Inn and Suites has opened: http://www.laquintagrandforks.com/
- 8 Places in North Dakota to Enjoy a Winter Dip in the Pool http://www.ndtourism.com/best-places/8-places-north-dakota-enjoy-winter-dip-pool
- Frontier Airlines will resume flights between Bismarck and Denver on April 14. Flights were discontinued in January.