Travel, tourism delegation attends bus tour marketplace

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A delegation of North Dakota travel and tourism officials represented the state recently at a key industry event in Grapevine, Texas, that connected leading bus tour operators with representatives from travel destinations. The American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace attracted more than 3,300 attendees for the five-day conference.

North Dakota had six representatives at the event: Deanne Felchle, North Dakota Tourism Division; Cole Carley, Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau; Amy Kruger, Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Matt Shanandore, Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation and Lewis and Clark Riverboat; and Bretta Edwards and Betsy Williams with Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

These representatives took part in scheduled appointments where they enticed tour operators to route their groups through North Dakota and pitched various travel itineraries. They also attended educational seminars detailing trends in the touring industry and other work-related topics.

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