National Travel and Tourism Week

Travel and tourism is an economic engine that communities and states have depended on without much thought. This decline due to COVID-19 has inspired appreciation, creativity and support for this leading industry.

Experts say the industry needs to make sure it is positioned to welcome back travelers when the "Spirit of Travel" turns from planning to action. National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated across the nation May 3-9, 2020. It's a great occasion to shine the spotlight on North Dakota's travel industry and a timely one to showcase its importance.

In North Dakota, we're celebrating the week recognizing those people who make the "Spirit of Travel" was it is. We invite you to "Meet my ND," and the people behind the travel and tourism industry in North Dakota.

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The travel industry is powerful and makes impactful contributions to the U.S. economy. In fact, according to USTA data, the travel industry before COVID-19 generated $2.5 trillion in in economic impact annually. In North Dakota, we are the third-largest industry in the state, attracting 22 million visitors and contributing $3.1 billion to the economy last year.

More than 2,900 businesses and 42,000 jobs are dependent on travel and tourism in North Dakota.

This year’s celebration marks the 37th anniversary of the 1983 congressional resolution that established NTTW - and it's all about celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community over the course of the last several decades.

How can you help?

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Travel Matters in North Dakota! Hear stories from some of our "Legendary" partners around the state.


Annual Governor's Photo Contest

If you are a photographer, and a North Dakota resident, start taking and collecting your recent North Dakota images for the Governor's Photo Contest for Travel and Tourism! Winners receive cash prizes and will have their photographs on display in the Capitol. You have until August 31st to get entered.

Click here to view the 2019 winners, including Zachary Hargrove (below) whose image "Stormy Sunset" was chosen the Decade's Best.

Governor's Photo Contest Winner: "Stormy Sunset" and photographer Zachary Hargrove. The photo also won in the Scenery category and was chosen the Decade's Best.