March 19, 2015 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
March 19, 2015 Newsletter
North Dakota Tourism Online Store Open
2015 Bloggers and Writers Workshop
Travel Industry Conference
International Travel Update
Delta Sky Magazine Revisited
Marketplace 2016 Dates and Deadlines
Tourism Expansion Grant Deadline Nears
Get your favorite Legendary North Dakota merchandise at the online store. Click here to access men's and women's clothing. Through March 31, get $5 off your purchase by using the discount code NDL5 at checkout.
Save the date for North Dakota Tourism's 2015 Bloggers and Writers event at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan. The event is June 4 and features an “outdoors” theme celebrating 50 years of state parks. We will also welcome author, writer and filmmaker Joe Bauer, who has worked for a variety of local and national publications, including Matador Network, Yahoo! Travel, National Geographic and BBC Travel. Click here to register.
Travel Industry Conference
March 19: Award Nomination Deadline
The deadline for making nominations for the Governor’s Awards for Travel and Tourism is Thursday, March 19. Nominations can easily be made online.
Click here to see the agenda for this year’s Travel Industry Conference, along with links to apply for a scholarship, register or become a sponsor.
Tourism Development Workshop
Explore a fun way to network, learn and cross-promote business at this year’s North Dakota Tourism Development workshop “It’s all about Connections” April 20 at the Minot Holiday Inn Riverside. Keynote speaker will be Vicky Soderberg of Cygnet Strategies. Soderberg has 25 years of tourism planning and development with an emphasis on creating remarkable, resilient communities. Other presentations will be “Inviting the World to your Community, One Idea at a Time” by Greg Tehven of Emerging Prairies; “Starting and Developing your Tourism Business” by Glenn Muske from the NDSU Center for Community Vitality; and Jori Kirk from Saskatchewan’s Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures who will explain how he built an award-winning outdoor adventure destination, all while keeping things fun. There will also be a panel explaining the new LinkND Community Connection program, networking lunch, and an entrepreneur’s roundtable discussion. Click here to register. For more information on the Tourism Development Workshop, contact Dean Ihla at the Tourism Division at [email protected] or by calling 701-328-3505.
North Dakota Tourism, as part of Rocky Mountain International Real America consortium, attended Australian Expos in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. During this week-long sales mission, North Dakota met with more than 1,000 front-line staff, media and more than 25 tour operators. During each expo, the attendee met with all of the US destinations, ate “typical” American fare and were entertained with presentations from many of the destinations. The North Dakota video was shown at each of expo.
Three days after returning home, Tourism International Marketing Manager Fred Walker was back in the air, this time selling N.D. product to Scandinavia. North Dakota took part in two U.S.-only long-haul travel days. The first was Swanson’s Travel in Osby, Sweden, wheremore than 1,500 known U.S. buyers of Swanson products were in attendance. Day 2 was at the FDM Travel US Travel Day in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was the first time N.D. Tourism attended this show, which drew nearly 4,000 people, up from 1,500 in ints inaugural event last year. Real America presented three times during the day to more than 170 people.
The final day was busy with business appointments and a working lunch with many of the Discover America board and Real America contingent. Monday evening was also the Discover America night where media and travel trade attend an evening of education and entertainment. More that 400 travel trade attend the event and again we were joined by U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford.
The Tourism Division and the Find the Good Life in North Dakota initiative have combined forces to support a North Dakota section in the July issue of Delta Sky Magazine. The publication will include a minimum of two full-page ads and three pages of editorial in the July issue. The editorial could grow depending on partner ads sold to North Dakota partners. The general messaging will be book your trip to North Dakota and discover how you can find the good life here. We will pitch the editorial to focus around Delta cities. Partner ads will be highly discounted from $2,000–$10,000. The magazine offers a circulation of 604,892 and total readership of 5.39 million. Look for more details coming soon.
Want to connect with other members of the American Bus Association and all of their resources? Click here for a calendar of dates and deadlines for applying for your spot at Marketplace 2016 to be held Jan. 9-12, in Louisville, Ky. Don't miss out on anything related to the motorcoach, tour and travel industry's premier business event.
North Dakota’s tourism entities have until April 10 to apply for the expansion grant program from the North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Tourism. Created in 2007, the program funds infrastructure and building needs at new or expanding nonprofit or for-profit North Dakota tourist facilities. Grants range from $5,000 to $24,000, in any given year. The Expansion Grant Program is a matching grant, requiring the sponsor to provide one dollar for every one dollar of grant money being requested. All Expansion Grant applications must be received by Friday, April 10. Click here for more information or to apply. For more information on tourism grants, contact Dean Ihla with North Dakota Tourism at 701-328-3505 or [email protected].
- Entrance is free at national parks opening weekend of National Park Week, April 18-19. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
- Element by Westin, a 136-room hotel, opened in West Fargo
- New restaurant, Pounds, aims to open April 1 at 612 First Ave. N, Fargo. http://www.inforum.com/business/3694411-new-restaurant-pounds-taking-over-beefsteak-club-site