Office of Tourism’s 2011 outstanding customer service honorees

We all like to receive outstanding customer service, and that’s especially true when we’re on vacation. We can go just about anywhere in this world, so when we choose a particular place, we want the businesses in that place to appreciate us and cater to our needs.

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has an award for businesses and organizations like that. It’s called the "Great Service Star" award. This year, the award is being presented to 138 businesses and organizations in 41 communities.

In a news release, the Office of Tourism said "The Great Service Star program recognizes businesses that complete hospitality training, recognize employees for great service, and are very  accommodating to customers."
“Their commitment to customer service helps build South Dakota’s reputation for having a warm, welcoming, and professional tourism industry,” said Melissa Miller, director of the Office of Tourism. “This dedication to customer services brings visitors back to South Dakota year after year.”

Businesses interested in pursuing the Great Service Star designation are encouraged to visit
The following South Dakota businesses have received the Great Service Star designation for 2011:
Best Western Ramkota Hotel
Mina Lake Recreation Area
Ramada Convention Center
Richmond Lake Recreation Area
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
Wakpamni Bed & Breakfast
Big Sioux Recreation Area
South Dakota Art Museum

Oakwood Lakes State Park
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Lake Alvin Recreation Area
Newton Hills State Park
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
Union Grove State Park
Possibility Farm Bed & Breakfast
Akta Lakota Museum at St. Joseph’s IndianSchool
Cedar Shore Resort
Custer State Park
Fort Welikit Family Campground
Outlaw Ranch
Dakota Dunes
Country Inn & Suites
Black Hills Central Reservations
Comfort Inn at Gulches of Fun
Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
Deadwood Social Club
Four Aces Casino & Gold Dust
Historic Bullock Properties
Saloon #10
Strawberry Bed & Breakfast
Tin Lizzie Casino
Royal River Casino & Hotel
Ft. Pierre
Oahe Down Stream Recreation Area
Palisades State Park
Beaver Creek Nature Area
West Whitlock Recreation Area
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
Hill City
Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites
Black Hills Central Railroad/1880 Train
Mt.Rushmore KOA & Lodge at Palmer Gulch
Pine Rest Cabins
Prairie Berry Winery
Hot Springs
Angostura Recreation Area
The Mammoth Site
Sojourner Inn Vacation Rentals
Information Centers
Chamberlain Information Center
New Effington Information Center
Salem Information Center
Spearfish Information Center
Tilford Information Center
ValleySprings Information Center
Vermillion Information Center
Vivian Information Center
Wasta Information Center
Wilmot Information Center
Keystone Chamber of Commerce
Mt.Rushmore Chalets
Mt.Rushmore Presidents View Resort
Mt. Rushmore Washington Inn
Mt.Rushmore White House Resort
Ruby House Restaurant
XanterraParks & Resorts at Mt.Rushmore
Lake Andes
North Point Recreation Area
Pease Creek Recreation Area
Randall Creek Recreation Area
Lake City
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
Roy Lake State Park
Sica Hollow State Park
Lake Preston
Lake Thompson Recreation Area
Bear Butte State Park
Black Hills Snowmobile Trails
George S. Mickelson Trail
Rocky Point Recreation Area
Roughlock Falls Nature Area
Shadehill Recreation Area
Spearfish Canyon Lodge
Lake Herman State Park
Walker’s Point Recreation Area
Lake Louise Recreation Area
Mitchell Convention & Visitors Bureau
World’s Only Corn Palace
PioneerAutoShow & PrairieTown
North Sioux City
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Best Western Ramkota Hotel
FarmIsland Recreation Area
Governor’s Inn
Great Lakes of SD Tourism Association
La Framboise Island Nature Area
Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
South Dakota State Parks
West Bend Recreation Area
Buryanek Recreation Area
Platte Creek Recreation Area
Snake Creek Recreation Area
Rapid City
Black Hills Caverns
Black Hills Visitor Information Center
GrandStay Residential Suites
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza
Howard Johnson Inn & Suites
Lake Park Campground & Cottages
Lazy J RV Park & Campground
Microtel Inn & Suites
Quality Inn
Rapid City CVB
Reptile Gardens
Rushmore Shadows Resort
The Gas Light Restaurant
Sioux Falls
Great PlainsZoo & DelbridgeMuseum of Natural History
HolidayInnCity Centre
J&L Harley-Davidson
Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel
Spirit of the West Festival
The Outdoor Campus
The Empire Mall
Best Western Black Hills Lodge
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
Rodeway Inn & Suites

Springfield Recreation Area
Executive Lodging of the Black Hills
Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce
Wall Drug Store
Country Inn & Suites
Hartford Beach State Park
Lake Cochrane Recreation Area
Pelican Lake Recreation Area
Pickerel Lake Recreation Area
Public Water Access Program
Redlin Art Center
Sandy Shore Recreation Area
Watertown CVB
Glacial Lakes and Prairies Tourism Association

PickerelLake Recreation Area
RedlinArt Center
SandyShore Recreation Area
Springfield Recreation Area
Watertown CVB
Best Western Kelly Inn
Chief White Crane Recreation Area
Lewis & Clark Theatre Company
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area
Minerva’s Grill & Bar
Pierson Ranch Recreation Area

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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