TOURISM

Tourism has record-breaking year in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – Tourism officials say South Dakota had a record number of visitors in 2021, making it the first state to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels. The state Department of Tourism says visitors spent more than $4.4 billion last year, generating $160 million in tax revenue for the state and $184 million for local governments. Tourism also supports over…

North Dakota seeks new deal with Josh Duhamel as pitchman

Josh DuhamelBISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota is working to extend its contract with actor Josh Duhamel to promote tourism in his home state. North Dakota’s top tourism official said the 48-year-old star of several “Transformers” movies has been effective in attracting visitors to the state better known for its brutal cold weather than as a vacation destination. The Minot native…

Border reopening delay causing economic hardships in Grand Cities

"Every business in Grand Forks has been eagerly awaiting for the border to reopen because the Canadian visitors are a huge economic boom to this whole region."

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) — The effects of the U.S. – Canadian border closure grows as travel restrictions are extended for another month. As of March of 2020 U.S.-Canadian border restrictions have placed an economic hardship on businesses that rely on tourism to stay afloat. Now the Biden Administration is preventing the Canadian dollar from boosting the local economy for…

Fully vaccinated Americans may enter Canada as of mid-August

TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. Trudeau spoke with leaders of Canada’s provinces and his office released a readout of the call. He noted that if Canada’s…

Social Distancing: NW Angle Still Stranded By The Pandemic

Lake of the Woods Tourism Testifies About Issues To U.S. Senate

  Most of the U.S. is open again as COVID numbers keep dropping. But there are still areas that are suffering financially under COVID restrictions. One of those areas is right here in our region, and now their plight is getting the spotlight on Capitol Hill. Lake of the Woods Tourism Executive Director Joe Henry testified this week in front…

MN Tourism Looking To Rebound After Revenues Cut In Half In 2020

It Will Likely Take A Couple Years For Tourism Revenue To Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

  ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s tourism industry is looking to rebound after revenues were chopped in half during the pandemic in 2020. Explore Minnesota Director John Edman says tourism brings in about $16 billion a year to the state. Minnesota saw just half of that last year. He says leisure activities will be the first thing to get people…

“I AM Fargo-Moorhead” Training Helps Local Workers Showcase Community

The group of twenty went on a mini tour

FARGO, N.D. –Teaching others about the F–M area isn’t just geared towards tourists; locals in the metro are also benefiting from learning more about their community. The F–M Convention and Visitors Bureau held its “I AM Fargo–Moorhead” training, which gives local hospitality workers ideas for showcasing the area. The group of 20 went on a little tour, starting at the…

Fargo Food Tours Gives People a Taste of the Metro’s Booming Food Scene

There will also be a coffee crawl, craft beer tour, and tastes of the world tour

FARGO, N.D. — For a taste of Fargo’s booming food scene, there’s a new tour letting you sample the flavors of the metro. Fargo Food Tours takes people to iconic local businesses, like Sandy’s, The Boiler Room, and Wurst Bier Hall. Founder Meghan Battest says locals often bring their family and friends from out of state. While people are eating their…

“Operation Intern” Offers Matching Funds To North Dakota Employers

Employers can receive up to $4,000 in matching funds by taking on high school and college interns

BISMARCK, ND — If you have a business in North Dakota and need some help this summer you might want to check into “Operation Intern” from the state Department of Commerce. Employers can receive up to $4,000 in matching funds by taking on high school and college interns. The program’s primary focus is employers in energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism…