Registration deadline April 17

    The Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference, presented by Riverland Association, will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

    This one-day seminar is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sargeant Student Center's Bede Ballroom.

    It is titled “The Road Best Traveled - A Shared Experience in NW MN" and designed to provide tourism education in northwest Minnesota. A wide variety of sessions focusing on marketing, tourism development and digital trends will be presented.

    Presenters will include Jody Horntvedt - University of Minnesota Extension; Erik Osberg - Otter Tail County; Davin Wait – Hjemkomst Center; and, Julie Ramer and David Bergman from Explore Minnesota Tourism.

    The conference will also include a panel of event organizers highlighting northwestern Minnesota success stories and giving best practice tips, including Jamie Bakken - Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village director; Sarah Prout - former Grand Forks Downtown Development Association director; and, Angela Widke - Bemidji Dragonboat Festival.

    All parties interested in attracting visitors to their community, business or event are invited to the conference. The cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members, which includes conference materials and lunch. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 17.

    Riverland Association consists of local individuals, volunteering to make a difference in the world of tourism.  Riverland is comprised of six communities (Crookston, Fertile, Greater Grand Forks, Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls) working together to further the opportunities available through tourism.