MOORHEAD — By most indications, the tourism and hospitality industries within the Fargo-Moorhead space have made a full restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic.

That was the central takeaway on the Fargo-Moorhead Conference and Guests Bureau’s annual assembly and awards ceremony, held Tuesday afternoon, March 7, on the Armory Occasions Middle in downtown Moorhead.

Statistics have been significantly sturdy for motels in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. The realm has a complete of 5,485 resort rooms, with 4,612 in Fargo, 548 in West Fargo and 325 in Moorhead.

2022’s whole occupancy price for metro space motels stood at 62.7%, up from 2021’s mark of 57.9% and considerably greater than the 39.9% occupancy price in 2020. Based on Conference and Guests Bureau president and CEO Charley Johnson, it’s the primary yr motels within the metro space have stuffed greater than 60% of their rooms since 2015.

Rising occupancy charges translated to sturdy revenues for space motels as nicely. The common every day room price throughout the metro space was $98.20 per night time, up from $86.74 in 2021. In whole, resort room gross sales income stood at $131 million in 2022, up roughly 25% from 2021’s determine.

Whereas Johnson mentioned inflation might have performed a job within the elevated revenues, demand is clearly sturdy for tourism within the space. “Sure, you must think about inflation for the final a part of 2022, particularly the final half of 2022, however that also doesn’t diminish the occupancy figures and the room demand figures,” he instructed The Discussion board. “These don’t lie and so they have been all up considerably.”

Sporting occasions held within the metro space continued to reign supreme, with 117 occasions going down in 2022. These 117 occasions resulted in 54,476 resort room nights and introduced in $31.7 million in direct customer spending, each will increase from 2021’s values.

Sports activities are “huge enterprise” for the native space, Johnson famous, which has so much to do with the truth that the metro space is missing for high-volume conference area. For so long as he has labored with the bureau, Johnson mentioned he has labored to extend the quantity of conference area within the space.

His aspirations could quickly come to fruition, with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney lately referencing

plans to boost and renovate the Fargodome.

A part of that renovation would very seemingly embody a convention area.

Till then, nonetheless, Johnson believes the Fargo space will proceed to lag behind different comparable regional cities as a result of some occasions are too giant for the world’s comparatively smaller areas. “We don’t have a real conference area. We simply can’t entice the dimensions of occasions that locations like Bismarck, and even Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, Duluth (can). They’ve conference area that far exceeds ours,” he mentioned.

The Fargodome undertaking is hardly the one one on the checklist of developments that Johnson and native residents can anticipate.


Fargo Park District’s new sports activities advanced

is taking form in south Fargo. Additional, work continues on EPIC Firms’ EOLA advanced and

Wave water park

alongside forty fifth Avenue South. Moreover, Johnson hinted that the placement for a long-desired science museum could also be introduced quickly.

Additional on the horizon, Johnson envisions that the Fargo Civic Middle shall be developed right into a a lot improved performing arts heart. “I’m an enormous proponent of changing the civic auditorium with a real performing arts heart. I hope that may occur, most likely not earlier than I retire however earlier than I die. That might be nice,” he mentioned.

Along with discussing the most recent trade developments, Johnson additionally offered 5 awards to locals who’ve helped improve tourism and hospitality within the space.

Dayna Del Val accepts the North of Regular Award throughout the Fargo-Moorhead Conference and Guests Bureau’s annual assembly and awards presentation Tuesday, March 7, 2023, on the Armory Occasion Middle in Moorhead.

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Emily Olsen, director of way of life for the Jasper Resort, received the Tourism Champion Award, given to the person who has made the best contributions to tourism prior to now yr.

Chuck Johnson and Pat Lipsiea of Suite Photographs took dwelling the Pineapple Award, given to the corporate that is made the biggest contribution to tourism promotion prior to now yr.

Jeff Stumb of The Nice Race was acknowledged for his efforts to convey the basic automobile race to Fargo. For that he was offered with the Trade Excellence Award.

Pierre-Paul Lamoureux took dwelling the MVP Award for his position in internet hosting the Lamoureux Hockey Cup. The award marks a sporting occasion that had a big impression on tourism within the space.

Lastly, outgoing president and CEO of The Arts Partnership Dayna Del Val was offered with the North of Regular award, an occasional honor given to commemorate her efforts to boost the humanities within the metro space.