International visitors are traveling to North Dakota, not for vacation, but for vacation research.
Here’s Alexus Arthur with more.
Visitors from all over the world are in North Dakota.
“We are trying to promote North Dakota.” said Franco, Milan, Italy Tour Operator.
Tourists took the road less traveled on and made a stop at the Fort Berthold Reservation.
“We want to bring them off to the beaten path, you know off to sites they normally don’t see.” said Darian Morsette, MHA Director.
And it’s safe to say, for this group, there’s more here than what initially meets the eye.
“Wherever we go particularly here and now in North Dakota that there’s something wonderful to see and learn about.” said Caroline Davidson, Sydney, Australia Tour Operator.
“The Australian tour operator says that 1 in 20 Australians visit America — and many more than once.”
“Learning about west and Native American culture so this absolutely something they would love to know about.” said Davidson.
“The tour operators, or travel guides as we call them here, notice that many first time tourists want to see the big cities but when they come back a second time they want to discover something different.”
“Maybe for a second or third travel to the US can be a very nice destination especially for the one who loves the western history.” said Franco.
“We want to tell our story as we know it.” said Morsette.
“For us, this really is the real America and that’s what we grew up with and it’s what we you know have idealized picture of and so, to find that it’s kind of still here and represented, that’s exciting for us.” said Davidson.
“North Dakota is becoming a landmark.”
“North Dakota’s a new frontier.” said Franco.
“We’re ready for the tourists to come in to make that economic impact.” said Morsette.
“Sometimes when you travel off the beaten path, you’ll find some of America’s greatest discoveries. In MHA Nation, Alexus Arthur, KX News.”
The next stop for the visitors is in Minot at the Scandinavian Heritage Center.