Destination

Red River Region

What is Destination Red River Region?

Destination Red River Region is a team of 15 people from throughout Region 4, Manitoba, and the State. This team is determined to enhance all aspects of where we live, work and play. Destination Red River Region encourages you to embark on this mission and to join us in developing a regional action plan that will provide a clear direction on how and what we can be doing to strengthen our efforts to attract people, both visitors and future residents. The Red River Regional Council is serving as the project manager.

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Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks is one of the nation’s leaders in helping to create amazing communities and destinations. Roger and his team were chosen to assist in this project based on his wealth of experience, energetic approach, and his ability to transcend our communities’ potential scope.

Roger is currently working with the Destination Red River Region Team which began with a monthlong, on-the-ground assessment in October 2021. Roger began with a pre-visit assessment as well as conducted a secret shopping of our region with perspectives of a visitor, site selector, meeting planner, future resident, and business owner.

Roger has since provided workshops of his secret shopping findings, as well as thousands of photos from every assessed community.

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Destination Red River Region's Questionnaire

  • Anonymous – designed to help the Regional Team better understand what we want for our communities to grow and succeed
  • Was completed the end of December 2021 – stay tuned for the results!

Secret Shopping Assessment at a Glance

42 Communities Assessed

All incorporated cities in Region 4

2,000+ Photos Taken

RRRC has created a public online library (click to access)

Recreational Areas Visited

State, county and city parks, dams, lakes, Pembina Gorge, and Frost Fire

Four County Workshops Held

150+ observations and suggestions provided 200+ attendees (click to access)

Five Focused Conversations

Walhalla, Grafton, Frost Fire, Rendezvous Region, Large Employers/Elected Officials

Opportunities & Obstacles

Attitude

Why do we talk so poorly about living here and have a resistant attitude towards amenity development and investment?

One Shot

Marketing gets visitors one time and product (what we offer) ultimately concludes if they come back or not

Create Community Living Rooms

Welcoming places to gather, have fun, programmed 250+ days/year, retail follows where people are

ND Ranks Low for Public Lands

Limits recreation development comparatively

Quality of Life

Leading factor in economic development today, small towns can capitalize on this

Lack of State/Region Identity

ND has the lowest state tourism/marketing budgets in the country

Immediate Suggestions

  1. Safety
  2. Good education system
  3. Engaged community
  4. Signs of positive change happening
  5. Life after 6:00 pm and on weekends
  6. Top notch recreation
  7. Quality healthcare
  8. Ample amounts of walking and biking trails
  9. Affordable, available, and quality housing
  10. LAST – JOB – a complete shift from previous generations
  1. Increase retail and hospitality spending and fills “leakage” when residents shop elsewhere
  2. Front door for possible new residents – everyone visits before relocating or investing
  3. Visitors have a low impact on community assets
  4. Monetize visitor trips by creating itineraries
  5. Promote the best of what you have – AND DELIVER
  • Businesses – hours of operation, invite back, prominent and legible
  • Cities
  • Wayfinding
  • Trails
  • Informational
  • Update/Create websites
  • Claim Google listings
  • Add hospitality and lodging to online travel sites
  • Encourage ratings and respond to customers
  • Create local destination development groups to champion
  • Cross-representation of government, nonprofit, private sector, and young people

Next Steps

  • Regional brand review/recommendation
  • Action Plan – specific recommendations for each city and county
  • Regional Team meets Friday mornings to strategize, plan and prepare
  • Roger Brooks returns May 19 and 20 with his action plans and recommendations
  • May 18, 2022 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Region 4 Historic Sites and Museums Retreat @ Minto Community Center 
  • May 19, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Communities Retreat – 42 communities, one retreat – be there!  @ Minto Community Center (RSVPs requested by 5/10)
  • May 19, 2022  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Rendezvous Region Tourism Council @ RRRC Confrence Room
  • March 30, 2022 1 to 3 p.m. State Partner Briefing – virtual

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