Posted: APRIL 26 2012

Kyle Blanchfield of Woodland Resort wins the 2012 Travel Industry Leader Award

Tourism leaders honored with Governor’s Travel and Tourism awards

Outstanding leaders in North Dakota’s tourism industry were recognized yesterday at the 2012 North Dakota Travel Conference in Bismarck. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson presented nine Governor’s Travel and Tourism awards.

“North Dakota’s tourism industry is an important contributor to our strong economy and a big reason why our state is the envy of the nation,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “Today’s award recipients represent the outstanding work that is occurring across the state to grow North Dakota’s tourism industry and provide visitors with a legendary experience.”

Kyle Blanchfield, Woodland Resort, Travel and Tourism Industry Leader. Blanchfield has been involved with the tourism industry as an advocate of and tourism operator in North Dakota’s outdoor recreation for more than 20 years. As the owner of Woodland Resort on the shores of the ever-expanding Devils Lake, Blanchfield has had to move his resort twice. But he hasn’t given up; he just keeps expanding his resort. Most recently, Blanchfield built an 80-slip marina to accommodate anglers and local boaters, and he continually maintains his beach shoreline, which is the only swimming beach on the lake. To give anglers and hunters a one-stop-shop for their vacation, Blanchfield accommodates two local guiding services and books their services with lodging accommodations. A constant advocate for North Dakota’s tourism industry and outdoor recreation, Blanchfield regularly contributes local fishing reports. In addition, he maintains a continuous marketing presence by supporting local and state efforts, and stays abreast of legislative issues that impact tourism.

Kyle Blanchfield accepts award

Join the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and Kyle on Monday, May 7th (during Tourism Week) at 4:30 pm for a ribbon cutting for the updated Visitor Center. Cake will be served in honor of Kyle for winning this prestigious award. Make sure to stop by and say congratulations. The Visitor Center is located at 208 West Highway 2.

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