January 22, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
January 22, 2014 Newsletter
Skift.com Recognizes ND Tourism Ad
Australia Shout out
Scandinavian Travel Mission
Great Swedish Adventure
125 ways to LUV ND
Writers and Bloggers Workshop
North Dakota Tourism’s 2014 ad campaign was included in Skift.com’s article “Best Travel Ads This Week: Turning U.S. Towns Into World-Renowned Destinations.” The 2014 Legendary campaign was honored along with Quantas Airlines, Park City Utah and Travel Poland. Skift is a travel intelligence company that offers news, information, data and services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers to help them make smart decisions about travel. Travel news and data offers a tremendous opportunity, With a $6.5 trillion contribution to GDP and 260 million jobs, travel — made up of tourism, hospitality, transport and leisure — is the world’s largest industry. Skift is the information and intelligence brand that matches the industry’s size and potential.
A contingent of state travel officials will go to Washington, D.C. in February to discuss with our senators and congressman travel and tourism industry issues and developments in North Dakota, as well as key federal issues affecting travel to North Dakota. Charley Johnson of Fargo-Moorhead CVB and Sandy Dobmeier of the Greater Grand Forks CVB and DMAND and North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman are participating in USTA's premier legislative fly-in — Destination Capitol Hill — Feb. 26-27. Travel professionals from all segments of the industry speak directly to lawmakers about issues that impact the travel industry. Click here to find out more about the event. If you are interesting in participating in the meetings with our delegations, please contact Sara at [email protected] ASAP.
Check out the new arrivals at our online Gift Shop! North Dakota Buffalo Men's Comfort Color T-shirts, Thermals, Ladies V-necks. Other new arrivals include Women’s ½ Zip Pullover, Men’s ½ Zip Pullover and Men’s Easy Care Shirt. For wholesale orders contact David Hunstad at First Avenue Promotions, [email protected], 218-284-7209.
Travel writer Elspeth Callender visited North Dakota in 2013. On her final full day in the state, she took time to check out Medora. Here is what she had to say.
Terry Harzinski and Camie Lies of the Bismarck-Mandan CVB, Charley Johnson from Fargo-Moorhead CVB and Fred Walker with North Dakota Tourism represented North Dakota at the Reiselivmessen Travel Show in Oslo Norway. While at the show, the group met Norwegian tour operators that include North Dakota in their sales catalogs. These companies include USA Spesialisten, Nordmann’s Reiser and Wikstrom Reiser. Click here for an example of one of the itineraries:
Have you heard of Storify? Storify helps make sense of what people post on social media. Users have an opportunity to curate the most important voices and turn them into stories. Check out North Dakota Tourism's Storify page.
Americans with Swedish ancestry are being sought for a reality TV show called "Allt for Sverige" (Great Swedish Adventure). Meter Television is looking for people between 20 and 70. Americans will travel to Sweden and participate in extreme cultural challenges to discover their rich and fascinating roots while trying to win the grand prize — a meeting with their Swedish relatives. Apply here if interested.
North Dakota tourism is providing new online dashboards designed to provide key visitation indicators and travel trends. Dashboards will be updated monthly and can be found here.
North Dakota will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2014 with a summer event on the Capitol Grounds and an official birthday party in November. There are many great things to love about North Dakota. Click here for 125 things to love about our great state.
North Dakota Tourism is hosting a Writers and Bloggers Workshop April 13-14 at the Radisson in Fargo. Contact Kim Schmidt at North Dakota Tourism, [email protected] or 701-328-2532, for more information.