The Northwest Minnesota Tourism Conference, presented by Riverland Association, will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at the University of Minnesota Crookston. This one-day seminar is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sargeant Student Center’s Bede Ballroom. It is titled “Experience it all in NW MN” and designed to provide tourism education in northwest Minnesota. A wide variety of sessions focusing on marketing, tourism development and digital trends will be presented.

Presentations include: “Filling Your Buckets: Creating the Life, Relationships and Community You Love” by Becca Cruger – Grand Forks Region Economic Development Center, “Learning the Analytical Ropes” by Tim Stuart – Stray Media Group, “Finding Your True North” by Dave Bergman – Explore Minnesota and “The 5 P’s of Marketing: How To Save Your Business From Wasting Money on Bad Marketing” by David Scott – Scott Digital Media.

The conference will also include a panel of business owners highlighting Northwestern Minnesota success stories and giving best practice tips. The panel will include: Rebecca Opdahl – Opdahl Donuts, Ryan & Lindsey Evenson – Revelation Ale Works and Carol Simmons – Real Good Bath & Body.

Anyone interested in attracting more people into their community, business or event are invited to the conference. The cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members, which includes conference materials and lunch. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 26. Register by emailing visitriverland@gmail.com, send in registration to Riverland Association P.O. Box 692 Thief River Falls, MN 56701 or, for more info, call 218-686-9785.

Riverland Association consists of local individuals, volunteering to make a difference in the world of tourism. Riverland is comprised of six communities (Crookston, Fertile, Greater Grand Forks, Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire and Thief River Falls) working together to further the opportunities available through tourism.