January 8, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
January 8, 2015
Tourism Unveils 2015 Marketing Materials
New TSA Report Available
Commerce, Parks Budget Hearings Set
Tourism Day at the Capitol January 23
AAA Living Magazine Co-op Advertising
Last Call: Rest Area Rack Program Reminder
Grahams Island Campsites Reservable
TRNP Photo Contest
Destination Capitol Hill
North Dakota Tourism on Thursday unveiled the 2015 Travel Guide, State Map and Hunting and Fishing Guide. Each of these resources helps visitors and potential visitors plan their Legendary experiences, whether they be outdoors, urban, cultural, historical or otherwise. Both guides and the map are available at NDtourism.com.
Governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman have announced that 24 million people visited North Dakota in 2013, spending $3.6 billion in-state in the process. The information was gathered by IHS as part of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), which is the international standard for measuring the contribution of tourism to an economy. Click here to view North Dakota’s 2013 TSA report.
Budget hearings for the Department of Commerce - which includes the Tourism Division - and North Dakota Parks and Recreation have been set. The Commerce budget will be heard in the Roughrider Room on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. The House Education and Environment Division will again work on HB 1018. The Parks and Recreation Department budget, which includes an additional $30 million in infrastructure projects for parks, will be heard by Senate Appropriations Thursday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Harvest Room.
Plan to attend Tourism Day at the Capitol on January 23 in Bismarck. The legislative breakfast is sponsored by Destinations Marketing Association of North Dakota and the Tourism Alliance Partnership. If you are still wanting to bring a display or materials, contact Sheri Grossman as soon as possible at [email protected].
AAA Magazines are offering the North Dakota Tourism industry a North Dakota co-op section in the May/June issue of AAA Living Magazine. The magazine has a reach of 500,904 AAA members in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Placement in the two-page spread is $1,531. You provide a photo, 25 words of text and your web address. AAA Living puts the ad together and sends you a proof. As an added value, you get a free reader service listing to the entire Midwest circulation of 2.4 million and distribution of your brochure at more than 27 AAA travel offices in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The deadline is Feb. 17. Click here for a sample of the ad. Contact [email protected] or 952-405-9640 with questions.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your brochures into the state rest areas? Now is the time to ask questions. Tourism partners interested in participating in the Literature Rack Program for 2015, please call Tammy Backhaus for more details at 701-328-2526 or email [email protected]. The deadline for participation is January 9, 2015. There are no exceptions after this deadline.
Grahams Island State Park on Devils Lake is joining Fort Abraham Lincoln and Lake Metigoshe state parks in making 100 percent of its camping sites available through reservations. Campsites in 10 other state parks are a 50/50 mix of reserved and first-come, first-serve campsites. Click here for ror reservations details for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department's and see the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department’s Frequently Asked Questions. Look in the “News” section on the home page. If the guide doesn’t provide the answers you are looking for, contact either Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park at 701-667-6340, Lake Metigoshe State Park at 701-263-4651, Grahams Island State Park at 701-766-4015 or state parks headquarters at 701-328-5357.
Dave Bruner's photo "Sunset at Wind Canyon" is the winner of the third annual Picture Yourself in Theodore Roosevelt National Park photo contest. His photo, and 11 other finalists, will be featured in the national park's 2015 calendar and on the annual entrance pass. Call 701-623-4884 for information on purchasing the calendars.
Destinations Capitol Hill will be March 25 and 26 in Washington, D.C. Travel and tourism stakeholders from across the country meet with their state’s delegation on important tourism issues at the state and federal levels. If you would like to attend the meetings, please contact Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman at 701-328-2527.
- The Arbuckle Lodge in Fargo is now AmericInn
- Spicy Pie, a Fargo-based New York-style pizzeria, has opened a location at 3000 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks. A third location in Fargo is under construction.
- Jefferson Lines recently moved its Fargo bus depot to Stamart Travel Center on 12th Ave. N., just east of I-29, to accommodate higher passenger volumes.
- Amtrak’s Empire Builder will resume regular routes and schedules early this month: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/business/3641202-amtraks-empire-builder-resume-regular-routes-schedule
- Seven Seas Hotel, Bismarck, is now Baymont Inn & Suites.
- Dickinson’s downtown is growing. New businesses include Mandy’s Bagel Bar, Bake My Day – featuring gourmet cup cakes, JoJo Bean Bath Treats, Miss Willow’s Nest and Funky Junk. More information about these fun businesses can be found at: http://www.visitdickinson.com/shopping/ .
- The Wurst Shop, 205 14th St. W. in Dickinson, now offers a bratwurst bar and serves other authentic German foods Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- The Fish Rehab Lodge is Devils Lake’s newest accommodation option, offering fishing guide service: http://www.brysguideservice.com/home.html