NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – Nov 2018

Holidays in New York

For nearly a century, New Yorkers—and visitors, of course—have turned out in droves on the fourth Thursday of each November to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a supersized procession of Broadway performers, celebrities and giant floating balloons. The parade runs down Central Park West from 77th Street, then east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue, where it turns south and ends in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

This year’s parade will take place on Thursday, November 22. If your clients are in town early, they might enjoy viewing the inflation of balloons the night before the parade—another holiday tradition. Crowds gather around the American Museum of Natural History from around 4:30pm until 9:15pm, when the gates close, to watch the enormous helium-filled balloons come to life.

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North Dakota Tourism E-newsletter – Oct 2018

2018 Governor’s Photo Contest Winners Chosen

BISMARCK, N.D. – Steve Silseth’s photo “Pintail” has been named Best in Show in the 15th annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest.

Gov. Doug Burgum recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions in a ceremony October 10, 2018, in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol. Joining Burgum for the presentation were North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman and North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) Executive Director Kim Konikow.

In “Pintail,” Silseth captured the moment just before the duck takes flight, leaving a trail of geysers through the water. The photo also took first place in the Wildlife Category and was selected as best from the 1,072 submitted to this year’s contest.


What’s new in Minneapolis – Fall 2018

What’s New in Minneapolis – Fall 2018

Leisure travel and tourism news from the Bold North

Minneapolis (Sept. 13, 2018) – Fall colors and football are leading the way as Minneapolis runs head-first into autumn with plenty of arts, active living and tasty spots that show off the city’s diverse offerings from its downtown core to its neighborhoods. This Meet Minneapolis leisure travel round-up offers highlights of what’s new in Minneapolis this season.


Minneapolis Institute of Art and ‘Egypt’s Sunken Cities’

“Egypt’s Sunken Cities” showcases antiquities from one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology. Over 200 objects are featured— ranging from colossal 16-foot-tall sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, and bronze vessels—from two cities lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Nov. 4 – April 4, 2019.


Walker Art Center Fall Programming
Highlighting key works from the Walker’s collection juxtaposed with new commissions by 12 international contemporary artists, Platforms: Collection and Commissions opens Nov. 15 and runs until Oct. 6, 2019. Every seven weeks, a new grouping will be rotated into the space, encouraging viewers to return and experience yet another new perspective. In another gallery, the first comprehensive retrospective in the U.S. devoted to the work of Siah Armajani is open now through Dec. 20.


Artist Ifrah Mansour Headlines Fall Somali Programs at Minnesota History Center
Acclaimed artist Ifrah Mansour headlines a slate of programs at the Minnesota History Center this fall that explore Somali history and culture. In November, Mansour will perform her multimedia piece “How to Have Fun in a Civil War.”


Parkway Theater Restored, Reopening
The 87-year-old South Minneapolis theater has undergone a major restoration and reopens Sept. 13 showcasing classic 35mm films and live events such as world-class performing arts, comedy and engaging speaker series.


Food and Drink News

Minneapolis’ food and beverage scene is constantly evolving. Here are some of the newest spots to grab a bite or a sip:

  • La Doña Cerveceria – A Latino-influenced brewery featuring a 1,500-square-foot soccer field on the patio beside its taproom and an art gallery with rotating local works opens in early October in North Minneapolis. The soccer field will act as the home for a 3 vs. 3 co-ed soccer league dubbed La Doña’s Fútbol and Social Club.
  • All Square – A civil rights social enterprise centered on a craft grilled cheese sandwich restaurant and professional development institute. Formerly incarcerated individuals staff the restaurant that helps reduce recidivism and serves up tasty, “guilt-free comfort food.”
  • First Draft Taproom & Kitchen – A new taproom in the North Loop where patrons serve themselves, whether they want a craft beer, tap wine, hard cider or kombucha. A wristband tracks patrons’ spending. What makes this different from other taprooms is house-made food and wine.
  • Edwards Dessert Kitchen – This dessert only restaurant opened in the North Loop to serve the sugar cravings of the nighttime crowd. Chef Christina Kaelberer serves items from a curried scotcheroo cookie to homemade ice cream, as well as artisan coffee, craft cocktails and some savory items.
  • Funky Grits – This new South Minneapolis community spot combines fast-casual counter service with a concept Chef Jared Brewington calls Urban Southern Fusion — soul, southern and comfort food with a Minnesota twist.


Fall Events and Happenings

Along with football games, fall color peeping and apple picking, Minneapolis has events celebrating the season and the strong arts culture:

  • lluminate the Lock – Northern Lights artists bring a multi-sensory, free night of poetry, projections and music to the birthplace of Minneapolis. Sept. 20 – 22, 8-10 p.m. at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Visitor Center.
  • Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre – The theater phenom continues its run in Minneapolis through Oct. 7. More about getting the most out of Hamilton in Minneapolis can be found here
  • Artcrank MSP – A poster party featuring handmade, bike-inspired prints by local artists that shows the world what happens when cycling and art come together in the heart of one of America’s best bike towns.
  • ValleySCARE Returns to Valleyfair – The largest area Halloween attraction will begin terrifying guests Sept. 22 – Oct. 28 on select nights. New for 2018, the Undertakers maze will lead guests on a terrifying journey through the stages of death in a cemetery themed labyrinth. Also new is the Midway MaSCAREade scare zone, where guests will journey to the French Revolution but at this turn of the century ball everyone has something to hide.
  • Gudrun SjödénA Colourful Universe exhibition – This U.S. premiere installation examines Gudrun’s illustrious career through her original watercolors, materials from archives and catalogs and samples of her textiles and clothing. Continues through Oct. 28 as part of ASI’s 2018 year of The Handmade. American Swedish Institute


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Alaska – Top 10 Things to do in the Fall – Sept 2018


Anchorage’s fall season has arrived and it brings some of the prettiest views of the year. Autumn in Alaska means shimmering gold birch leaves, gorgeous sunsets, crisp air and shoulder season pricing. Your budget-conscious clients can explore while enjoying the best Anchorage has to offer.

Northern Lights Viewing
By the time September rolls around, true night skies have returned to Anchorage and that means the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, can be viewed again. You don’t have to go far to increase your chances to see the aurora and its vibrant displays.

Whale Watching & Wildlife Viewing
Score a front row seat with great views of glaciers, whales, sea otters and maybe even a bear. Through the end of September and into the first weeks of October, one of the most popular Alaska activities is a glacier and wildlife cruise of Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound.

Ride the Rails
The Alaska Railroad offers year-round service. Hop a train to Fairbanks for fantastic views of the changing fall colors and maybe even a clear shot of Denali. Or take a day trip up to scenic Hurricane on one of the last whistle stop trains in America.


Oregon Trip Ideas – Sept 2018


Indulge in the simple life on Oregon’s farms, ranches, wineries, food trails and more.

Autumn is prime time for country escapes. As you travel back roads, you’ll pass colorful leaves turning mountain slopes golden and scarlet hues. You can taste crisp cider from heritage barns and pick buckets of apples for baking pies. Up pop the pumpkin patches and corn mazes, as well as the aroma of ripening pears. In wine country, the grape clusters hang heavy from the vines — plump and deeply purple — and the bustle of harvest fills the air and sparks the imagination. Far from the city lights, you can experience the wonder of brisk, star-studded nights. The days might be getting shorter, but there’s so much to captivate your senses. Below is a mere handful of cool places to stay for a bountiful getaway


North Dakota Tourism E-newsletter

Just Joshin’: Behind the Scenes

As the season starts to change, travelers are scrambling to get their last summer adventures in and our marketing team also is working hard to capture stories and inspire more visits.

You may have caught wind that our favorite ambassador was back in North Dakota. Last week and into the Labor Day weekend, Josh Duhamel was here to get some great new photos and video in Bismarck-Mandan and Fargo. The pieces we captured at the Heritage Center and State Museum, On-a-Slant Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Hawktree Golf Club and along the Missouri River will be weaved into new elements to enhance our existing campaign. Saturday morning, we were at tailgate central and the Fargodome for the kickoff of a new Bison football season. Josh was a hit among tailgaters and was on the field for warm-ups and the coin toss prior to the Cal Poly game.