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Midwest Travel Network annual conference coming to Medora, North Dakota
Post Date: May 15 2019

The charming Old West town of Medora, North Dakota, will play host to the second annual Midwest Travel Network summer conference June 13-15, 2019. The three-day event brings together travel writers, bloggers and destination marketing organizations like convention and visitors bureaus to focus on Midwest travel and tourism destinations. About 100 people are expected to attend the conference, which will be primarily held at the Rough Riders Hotel in downtown Medora. The conference will feature guest speakers, including Marlo Anderson of Bismarck, creator of the National Day Calendar. Bill Clevlen, author of 100 Things to Do in America Before You Die, is the other major speaker.
 
The Midwest Travel Network conference features breakout sessions for writers and bloggers and sessions for CVB representatives. Training sessions will identify ways bloggers and organizations can improve their coverage of Midwest tourist attractions.
 
Conference attendees will get an up-close look at the Medora area with pre- and post-conference tours to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Bully Pulpit Golf Course, a sunset photography tour to Elkhorn Ranch and Enchanted Highway. The Medora Foundation is hosting an evening Pitchfork Fondue meal followed by a performance of the Medora Musical during the conference.
 
The conference is an opportunity for bloggers and writers to get to know Medora, said Justin Ell, director of the Medora Convention and Visitor Bureau.
 
“As the Medora CVB director, I’m very excited to share my love and the history of Medora with everyone at this year’s travel conference,” Ell said. “Medora is ready to welcome everyone with open arms.”
 
North Dakota Public Relations and Digital Communications Manager Kim Schmidt said the presence of several North Dakota CVBs makes the conference a great opportunity to showcase the state.
 
“We look forward to hosting the 2019 Midwest Travel Network Conference in North Dakota this June,” Schmidt said. “Nestled in the beautiful Badlands and the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora is filled with story potential and fun for the entire family.”
 
Midwest Travel Network co-founder Sara Broers said she is excited to have the conference in Medora. “We are thrilled that Medora had an interest in bringing #MWTravelCon19 to their town,” she said. “With a population of 133, they are unique and have many stories to share.”
 
Midwest Travel Network co-owner Lisa Trudell is excited to return to North Dakota, a state that is popular with her family, having had a step-daughter born in Grand Forks.
 
“Any time we can visit North Dakota is a fun trip,” Trudell said. “The fact that we get to come back to Medora after first visiting a few years ago is an added bonus.”
 
People interested in attending the conference can purchase tickets at midwesttravelnetwork.com.
 
As part of its goal to promote the Midwest, Midwest Travel Network hosts twice-monthly Twitter chats where bloggers and Midwestern destinations tweet about specific locations or subjects, like summer travel or their favorite Midwestern food. Broers and Trudell created Midwest Travel Network almost six years ago.

For additional information, contact Lisa Trudell at thewalkingtourists@gmail.com or Sara Broers at sarabroers@gmail.com
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