October 2, 2014 North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
October 2, 2014 Newsletter
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced a bold plan for major improvements to North Dakota state parks and for statewide conservation enhancements. The governor’s plan calls for investing $30.4 million in new funds to expand and improve state park amenities and increase public access to North Dakota’s great outdoors. Dalrymple also proposes increasing the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund to $50 million, bringing the state’s total commitment to new conservation and outdoor recreation projects to $80.4 million during the 2015-2017 biennium.
One last reminder that North Dakota Tourism will host its annual marketing update Tuesday, October 7, at the North Dakota Heritage Center on the State Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. The event will include a tour of the newly expanded State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center and to celebrate our state’s 125th birthday. There will be three breakout sessions covering social media, outdoors, grants, international, visitor services, group travel and partner access. As always, the meeting will also highlight North Dakota Tourism’s 2015 advertising plan, cooperative advertising options and other opportunities for tourism partners to tie into state marketing programs. Please RSVP to Tammy Backhaus or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2526 for more information.
The North American Championship race for the NAARS series will take place in October in North Dakota's Badlands. It will up the ante with a 36-hour format and one of the toughest courses ever offered at a championship race. Click here to find out more.
In early October, there is no place in North Dakota more international than Minot as thousands of guests stream in to the Norsk Hosfest. The celebration of all things Scandinavian is the largest such festival in the United States and a natural fit for North Dakota Tourism International Marketing Manager Fred Walker. Unlike the busy international travel season show season, this time, the world comes to Walker. This week, Walker was a guest of radio host Todd Mitchell as part of his promotional efforsts. Click here for more information on Norsk Hostfest.
- Traffic temporarily reduced to one lane on ND Highway 200 west of Riverdale for bridge maintenance
- Expect delays southeast Watford City bypass ND 23: ½ mile west to 1 mile east of ND 23. http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info-v2/
- Bismarck will suspend flights to and from Denver beginning January. http://bismarcktribune.com/business/local/frontier-says-bismarck-strong-but-not-strong-enough/article_8d2510e4-436b-11e4-b4f7-9399a7748ff0.html
- “North Dakota 125 Years: An Anniversary Exhibit” at Bonanzaville open through Oct. 31. http://history.nd.gov/northdakota125.html