Bismarck, North Dakota – North Dakota Tourism Week is observed from May 7–13, according to Governor Burgum. It is devoted to recognizing the value of tourism and travel to the economy of our state.
According to the tourist department, travelers made $248 million in state and local taxes that benefited communities in 2021, spending close to $3 billion.
“They not only spend money, but they sustain some of the businesses that we really enjoy and improve our quality of life. Because they’re helping create those profits,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of the ND Tourism Department.
In recognition of the governor’s proclamation, according to Otte Coleman, they are urging businesses to light up or wear red this week. Additionally, it is Economic Development Week, which emphasizes the significance of deliberate expansion throughout several facets of North Dakota’s economy. It’s a chance to thank those who make major industries, including those in energy and natural resources, work for the good of their neighborhood.
“Those who are showing up for their community, showing up for building that workforce, showing up for the systems that are in place to support newcomers to our communities. Just taking some time in appreciation of that in your community, big or small,” said Tracey Miller, lead development manager with the North Dakota Department of Economic Development and Finance.
According to the Department of Commerce, manufacturing, uncrewed aircraft systems, value-added agriculture, energy and natural resources are the key industries driving economic growth in North Dakota. Otte Coleman advises people to visit their social media pages to see which establishments and attractions are featured each day of the week.