Tourism Development Workshop to Focus on Community Opportunities

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BISMARCK, ND - 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” on 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 experience with an emphasis on creating remarkable, resilient communities. Other presentations will include “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 a presentation by Jori Kirk from Saskatchewan’s Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures describing 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, a networking lunch and an entrepreneur’s roundtable discussion.

Sponsored by North Dakota Tourism, the workshop kicks off the 2015 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference.

“This workshop is a great opportunity for anyone currently operating a tourism business, or those who are considering it and want to learn about the benefits,” said Dean Ihla, tourism development manager at the North Dakota Tourism Division. “This year there is also an emphasis on community development and how to make your town attractive to visitors and entrepreneurs alike.”

Attendees can preregister and view the agenda at Early registration is available until April 1 for $25. All registrations include the tourism development workshop, networking lunch and resource materials.

Attendees of the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference can attend the workshop at a reduced rate of $10. The agenda for the North Dakota Travel Industry Conference can be found at

For more information on the Tourism Development Workshop, contact Dean Ihla at the Tourism Division at [email protected] or by calling 701-328-3505.

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