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

  • Creating the tourism infrastructure grant program and securing funding for it

  • 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 2019 legislative update, the North Dakota Travel Alliance Partnership (TAP) successfully champion an additional $1 million for tourism marketing and helped secure $50 million for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and $6 million for the International Peace Garden. TAP also introduced and successfully lobbied to pass bills to modernize the city lodging tax and allow counties to collect a lodging and restaurant tax. 


The final report covers the results of all the bills tracked by TAP during the 2019 legislative session. 

"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

                                                                                                                                TAP Chairman

"We must give the Tourism Division the firepower it needs to tell the world that we are a Land of Legends, and a visit to North Dakota offers a Legendary Experience."


                                                                                                                              - David Borlaug
                                                                            N.D. Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Foundation