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(SD)-SD Officials Expecting Big Tourism Year

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/08/2017 11:56 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - This is National Tourism Week and South Dakota officials are hopeful for a strong summer tourism season even without major anniversaries that have been a big draw for visitors in recent years.
 
     Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's hoping for the state's "best travel season ever" this year while Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says preliminary information looks positive, even without landmark anniversaries from years past such as the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2015.
 
     The Tourism Department says last year was the 7th consecutive year of economic growth for tourism in South Dakota. A study by Tourism Economics found 13.9 million people visited South Dakota a year ago, up 1.4% from 2015.


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