In 2021, North Dakota witnesses tourism rebound

Published on : Tuesday, December 28, 2021

In 2021, outdoor recreation increased in the middle of the coronavirus situation, however, the 20-month U.S.-Canada border close down to all unnecessary travel has dropped North Dakota’s tourism.

The No. 1 tourist attraction of the state, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is once again back on track to have its best visitation since 1978. The visitation exceeded 791,000 visitors through October.

The North Dakota state parks had a record year, consecutively, for camping nights: nearly 95,000 nights at campsites and cabins.

In 56 years, the Medora Musical had its second-best attendance, just shy of 124,000 people.

“Outdoors this year were huge,” state Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said.

Even though, the statistics for the final year are still bit away, “but our third-quarter numbers look really strong,” she said

In North Dakota 2020, 18.7 million visitors spent $2.1 billion. It was a 32% drop from 2019, spending due to the pandemic, as per a report published by Tourism Economics.

All through September, 2021, visits to draw attractions in North Dakota increased 87% over the same time in 2020, according to a state marketing update.

‘A healing space’
For several months in 2021, the national park had witnessed a major rise in monthly visitation, including ones in winter, “not traditionally the July and August months that you would think about,” Otte Coleman said.
“That’s kind of exciting, too, because it shows us that our season is lengthening,” she said.

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