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Tourism Seeking Nominations for Industry’s Top Awards

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Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Office of Tourism is seeking nominations for the 2006 Ben Black Elk Award and the A.H. Pankow Award. The awards are presented each year at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Ben Black Elk Award is presented to an individual whose enduring devotion dramatically affects South Dakota’s visitor industry. The A.H. Pankow Award honors a member of the media whose coverage and promotion of South Dakota and the industry is unequaled. “The awards recognize leaders who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to South Dakota’s visitor industry,” said Billie Jo Waara, director of the Office of Tourism. “The awards honor achievement, dedication and passion, and embody our vision for the continued success and growth of tourism in South Dakota.” The awards are based on peer nominations. Submit nominations of worthy individuals or organizations to the South Dakota Office of Tourism by Oct. 3. A downloadable form is available at or call (605) 773-3301 to request a form. Gov. Mike Rounds will present the awards Jan. 19 in Pierre during a banquet hosted by the Office of Tourism.