Securing the largest general fund increase for marketing in the history of the Tourism Division
Passing local enabling legislation to allow communities to generate additional marketing revenue
Defeating the worst of the hunting legislation
Increasing the state lodging and meal reimbursements
Securing millions in new money for tourism-related infrastructure
Passing legislation to allow rural businesses to have a tourism directional sign along the highway
Maintaining the Cultural and Heritage promotional dollars
Passing legislation supporting agritourism
During the 2023 Legislative Session, TAP worked to secure a $25 million Destination Development Fund for the Tourism Division; remove uncapped tournament fishing fees; remove prohibitions on hosting national athletic events in the state based of association stances on transgender participation; and supported appropriations for several state agencies with which it works closely. It also lobbied for continued $5 million in tourism marketing funds and part of $12 million in workforce talent attraction funding through the North Dakota Department of Commerce, and supported funding for historic opera house renovations and funding for a monument to Native Americans who fought in the Battle of Whitestone Hill.
TAP members receive weekly legislative updates during sessions and regular communications in the interim.
"Tourism is a vital and growing component in North Dakota's future economic efforts. TAP provides an invaluable leadership role allowing all industry components to focus on education, legislative issues and development."
~ Bill Shalhoob
Former TAP Chairman
"TAP provides an ongoing forum for industry members to network, address mutual problems, work with government, and increase their profitability"
~ Julie Rygg
Grand Forks CVB