September 1, 2016, North Dakota Tourism E-Newsletter
Keep up on the latest tourism industry news impacting North Dakota
- Get the latest North Dakota travel conditions here.
- North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman and Marketing Manager Heather LeMoine attended the annual ESTO conference in Florida this week. ESTO stand for Education for State Tourism Offices and the program delivered just that. Sessions included professional development network breakouts serving specific staff functions, concurrent sessions on hot tourism and marketing topics and inspiring keynote sessions. Next year’s conference will be held in Minneapolis Aug. 26-29. North Dakota DMOs are encouraged to attend.
- Tourism Drector Sara Otte Coleman was recently nominated by her peers and selected as a finalist by the U.S. Travel Association for State Tourism Director or the Year.
- The Fargo-Moorhead CVB was awarded a national Destiny Award by the U.S. Travel Association during the annual ESTO conference awards dinner, Tuesday night. The CVB was recognized for having the top Print Visitors Guide for their 2015 Visitors Guide. Nicole Holden, Kylie Herland and Danella Myers accepted the award.
Don't forget. International Roundup 2017 will be in Bismarck for the first time, May 3-5, 2017. For more than 20 years, Rocky Mountain International has hosted international buyers/tour operators who specialize in selling the Real America region. Roundup offers a chance to enhance the product base and knowledge of the region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Let's make the first Roundup in North Dakota a success. There are still openings, but they are going fast. Sign up now! Click here to register.
A ceremony was held at Painted Canyon Visitors Center of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on August 25 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park System and launch the newest quarter in the "America the Beautiful" series. The event attracted hundreds of attendees, including local students, national park supporters and coin collectors. The newest coin features a young Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands of North Dakota where he once ranched and where he began thinking about how to preserve the land for future generations. A meeting was held with Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer and tourism partners tied to the national park following the ceremony. Discussions focused on the future of the park and how to build on the momentum of the centennial and recent media attention.
Leisure Group Travel asked the question: "What’s your secret sauce, your wow factor or 'don’t ever do this' tip?" Group Pros offered their itinerary planning tips here.
With the season winding down, now might be the time, while the memories are still fresh, to jot down a reminder to prepare information to nominate an employee, attraction, event or such for the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Travel & Tourism. The awards will be presented at the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference in Bismarck April 17-19, 2017. Online nominations will be available in late fall. A reminder to nominate will appear with a link in the newsletter.
Christmas gifts, birthday presents, updated wardrobe; whatever the reason, now is a great time to buy North Dakota Legendary Logo items from the Online Gift Shop. Use the coupon code NDL5 and receive a $5 discount on online purchases. The code is valid in September only. Allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Senator John Hoeven met with North Dakota tourism industry leaders to discuss the future of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). Since his time as governor, Hoeven has worked to enhance the state’s tourism industry, preserve its national parks and invest in North Dakota communities. Click here for more.