See South Dakota Week

See South Dakota Week, May 8-16, is a salute to the travel and tourism industry, according to a news release from the state Office of Tourism.

Additionally, it gives communities an opportunity to prepare for summer vacationers. At least 20 South Dakota communities are planning special See South Dakota Week events, hosting community contests, launching tourism-awareness campaigns and holding hospitality training.
 
“This is the week the entire visitor industry celebrates tourism in South Dakota, gears up for the summer season, and reminds itself that South Dakota’s hospitality is what keeps visitors coming back,” said Melissa Bump, director of the Office of Tourism, in the news release. “That dedication to hospitality is certainly paying off. South Dakota saw more visitors than ever before in 2009, while most states saw a decrease in visitor numbers.”
 
South Dakota visitors spent an estimated $962 million last year on everything from lodging to souvenirs, which had a $2.4 billion impact on the state’s economy.
 
The most recent study from Global Insight shows that, without tourism, each South Dakota household would have to pay about $878 more in taxes annually to maintain the current level of state and local tax receipts.
 
“South Dakota’s tourism industry is a win for tourists and a win for residents,” said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development, in the news release. “South Dakota provides visitors with affordable family-friendly experiences, and visitors help fuel the economy of our communities.”
 
Chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus and tourism associations partnering with the Office of Tourism for See South Dakota Week include:

  • Britton, Fort Sisseton and Roy Lake
  • Chamberlain and Oacoma
  • Custer, Custer State Park, Rapid City and Spearfish
  • Edgemont, Hill City, Hot Springs and Keystone
  • Fort Pierre and Pierre
  • Miller
  • Mitchell
  • Rapid City
  • Sioux Falls
  • Watertown

See South Dakota Week is promoted in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, which was established in 1983 by the U.S. Travel Association to promote the importance of travel and tourism as a major U.S. industry.

Additional 2009 South Dakota Tourism Facts:

  • Visitor spending – $962,702,704
  • Distribution of visitor spending: 59 percent western South Dakota, 41 percent eastern South Dakota
  • Employment traceable to visitor industry: 33,956
  • Gas and sales tax revenue: $51 million
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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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