Year-end visitor statistics for last year show growth in North Dakota tourism.
According to the Tourism Division Annual Report, key indicators like attractions, accommodations, border crossings and deplanements have grown.
In 2012, 4.57 million visitors attended the state’s major attractions, an increase of 7 percent; there were 1 million deplanements, up 18 percent; 677,099 people visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park, up 13 percent; there were 853,493 Canadian border crossings, up 12 percent, and there were 102,685 stops at local visitor centers, up 9 percent.
U.S. Travel Association research shows North Dakota also leads the nation in growth.
In 2011 visitor spending was $3 billion, an increase of 23.5 percent from 2008; 17.2 million people visited the state, an increase of 12.7 percent from 2008; 60 percent of visitors were nonresident travelers, overnight business travel grew by 6 percent from 2008; day trips made up 64 percent of visitation; leisure travel grew by 15 percent and continues to be the largest travel segment.