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Second quarter tourism numbers show North Dakota rebounding from last year's flooding

Posted on 8/9/2012

By North Dakota Tourism

Bismarck, N.D. - Second quarter measurements indicate North Dakota's tourism industry has rebounded from last year's statewide flooding issues that put a damper on the summer travel season.

According to the North Dakota Tourism division, when compared to second quarter 2011, state park visitors were up 24 percent, national park visitors increased by 25 percent, airport arrivals increased by 21 percent and visitation at major attractions was up 13 percent. Canadian border crossings increased 14 percent.

"Our warm spring combined with the pent-up demand for travel on the heels of last year's flooding has been great for the state's tourism industry," said Sara Otte Coleman, director of the North Dakota Tourism Division. "All tourism industry measurements had double-digit growth during the second quarter of 2012, which helps pave the way to a solid recovery."

In addition to the uptick in visitor numbers, tourism-related spending was also strong. "Taxable sales tied to tourism, particularly in arts, entertainment and recreation for the first quarter of 2012 grew by 37.58 percent from the same time last year," Otte Coleman noted.

Some 2nd quarter statistics at a glance:

Area of travel     2012 2nd quarter     2011 2nd quarter     Percent change 11-12
State park visitors         326,950     254,451     +24%
National park visitors     203,865     163,118     +25%
Major attractions             954,865     846,632     +13%
Cumulative lodging tax     $1,474,277.12     $1,284,629.84     +15%
Canadian border crossings     210,774     184,560     +14%
ND airport arrivals         255,060     210,855     +21%

Taxable Sales and purchases (first quarter)      2012 1st quarter      2011 1st quarter      Percent change
Recreation     $19,544,157     $14,205,352     37.58%
Food Services,
Accommodations     $396,771,001     $312,419,117     27%

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