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Published June 11, 2013, 03:04 PM

Western ND officials try to clear up tourism misconceptions

Tourism coordinators in Western North Dakota are teaming up and trying to eliminate a stigma some may have about the oil patch. The group is promoting family-friendly activities, like the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, Fort Union in Williston and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

Tourism coordinators in Western North Dakota are teaming up and trying to eliminate a stigma some may have about the oil patch. The group is promoting family-friendly activities, like the Dakota Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, Fort Union in Williston and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Western North Dakota is booming with new restaurants, retail and properties. They say the main misconception is that there's no hotel availability.

Amy Krueger, Willistion Convention and Visitors Bureau: "In williston, we have increased over 1000 hotel rooms in the past 3 years. We have added 12 properties to the mix so we have 19 hotel properties in a matter of 3 years."

The group says despite what's reported, crime doesn't resemble the old wild west, and most cases are isolated, not random acts of violence.

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