Riverland Tourism Conference to be held May 6, 2014

Riverland Tourism Association will be holding a tourism conference entitled "Developing Tourism in NW Minnesota... One Story at a Time" from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 6, 2014. The conference will be held in the Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minnesota. The day-long seminar is designed to provide tourism education in Northwest Minnesota. A wide variety of sessions focusing on marketing, tourism development and digital trends will be presented.

Presentations include "Sharing Your Story in a Digital Age" by Phil Seibel, Vice President of Revenue Development, Brainerd Dispatch; "Marketing the Great Outdoors" by Kristi Coughlon, NW Region Information Officer, MN DNR; and "Service After the Sale" by Cynthia Messer, Extension Professor, University of Minnesota Tourism Center. 

The conference will also include a panel highlighting "Big Successes in NW Minnesota" featuring the following panelists: Meghan Palubicki, Owner of The Red Poppy; Cheri Reese, Co-owner of Far North Spirits Distillery; and Terri Widman, Executive Director of the Region 2 Arts Council. Dave Bergman, Explore Minnesota Tourism Travel & Tourism Representative will also share information on the agency's new campaign/special programming.

The cost of the conference is $35.00 which includes registration, lunch and breaks. Contact Riverland President, Laura Anderson at 218-686-9785 or trfcvb@mncable.net to register. 

The event is made possible by the financial support of the Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership. 

Riverland Association is a regional tourism organization comprised of six communities in Northwest Minnesota: Crookston, East Grand Forks/Grand Forks, Fertile, Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls. Go to www.visitriverland.org for more information.

Laura Anderson, President
Riverland Association
P.O. Box 692
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Contact: Laura Anderson, 218-686-9785, trfcvb@mncable.net