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Great Customer Service Earns Businesses a STAR

12/28/2006
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PIERRE, S.D. – The Office of Tourism has recognized more than 100 South Dakota businesses and organizations for their superior customer service efforts. Each received the Great Service STAR designation which indicates a business is committed to outstanding service and has successfully completed the Office of Tourism’s four-step hospitality training program. “The STAR designation recognizes businesses and organizations that make a difference by providing outstanding service and improving levels of customer satisfaction within South Dakota’s visitor industry,” said Billie Jo Waara, director of the Office of Tourism. “The STAR is an instant identifier for visitors who can be assured that businesses displaying the STAR excel in customer service.” The Office of Tourism awards the Great Service STAR to businesses that complete a set criterion of hospitality training which includes attending training workshops, offering vehicles for employee recognition and visitor comments, and applying for the George S. Mickelson Great Service Award. Each STAR recipient can display the official Great Service STAR symbol in its advertising and on the property. The George S. Mickelson Great Service Award is presented annually at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in January to the year’s top service provider. These South Dakota businesses have received the Great Service Star designation for 2007. Aberdeen Aberdeen Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department/Wylie Park Best Western Ramkota Hotel Comfort Inn Foote Creek Bed and Breakfast Batesland Wakpamni Bed and Breakfast Brookings Brookings Fairfield Inn & Suites Staurolite Inn and Suites Carpenter Possibility Farm Bed and Breakfast Chamberlain Akta Lakota Museum Cedar Shore Resort St. Joseph's Indian School Thrift Store Custer Black Hills National Forest Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn Chief Motel Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Custer State Park Resort Company Days Inn Flintstones Bedrock City Fort Welikit Family Campground Game, Fish and Park Department – Custer State Park L & J Golden Circle Tours Rock Crest Lodge and Cabins Deadwood Black Hills Central Reservations Black Hills Hideaway Bed and Breakfast Bullock Express Cadillac Jacks and AmericInn Comfort Inn at Gulches of Fun Deadwood Gulch Resort First Gold Hotel and Gaming Full House Inc./Gold Dust Historic Bullock Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Miss Kitty’s Super 8 Motel Wild West Casino Geddes The Barn Hill City Black Hills Central Railroad/1880 Train Best Western Golden Spike Inn and Suites Harney Peak Motel & Bungalow Mount Rushmore Brewing Company Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA & Palmer Gulch Lodge Pine Rest Cabins Hot Springs Game, Fish and Parks Department – Angostura Recreation Area Best Western Sundowner Inn Budget Host Hills Inn Comfort Inn Evans Plunge The Mammoth Site Huron Dakota Inn Best Western of Huron Keystone Anchorage Bed and Breakfast Beautiful Rushmore Cave Big Thunder Gold Mine Keystone Chamber of Commerce Mt. Rushmore's President's View Resort Mt. Rushmore's Washington Inn Mt. Rushmore's White House Resort Ruby House Restaurant Rushmore Chalets Xanterra Parks & Resorts Lake Andes Game, Fish and Parks Department – North Point Recreation Area Lake City Game, Fish and Parks Department – Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Game, Fish and Parks Department – Roy Lake State Park Lead Game, Fish and Parks Department – Black Hills Trails Office Spearfish Canyon Lodge Madison Dakota State University Mitchell Corn Palace Convention and Visitors Bureau Days Inn of Mitchell Hampton Inn World's Only Corn Palace/Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Murdo Pioneer Auto Show and Antique Town Oacoma Oasis Inn Pierre Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center Game, Fish and Parks Department – Farm Island Recreation Area Game, Fish and Parks Department – West Bend Recreation Area Governor’s Inn Kelly Inn Platte Game, Fish and Parks Department – Snake Creek Recreation Area Game, Fish and Parks Department – Platte Creek Recreation Area Game, Fish and Parks Department – Buryanek Recreation Area Rapid City Alex Johnson Hotel AmericInn Lodge and Suites Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center Black Hills Caverns Black Hills Visitor Information Center Country Inn & Suites Comfort Inn I-90 Foothills Inn Hampton Inn Lake Park Campground and Cottages Microtel Inn & Suites Quality Inn Ramada Inn Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau Reptile Gardens Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Rushmore Shadows Resort Super 8 Motel The Journey Museum Rosebud Salt Camp Cabins and B&B Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center Game, Fish and Parks – Outdoor Campus Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Quality Inn & Suites Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel & Sioux Falls Convention Center Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science Wild Water West Waterpark Spearfish Best Western Black Hills Lodge Spearfish Canyon Lodge Wall Elkton House Restaurant Wall/Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce Wall Drug Store/Wall Auto Livery Watertown Best Western Ramkota Hotel Comfort Inn Country Inn & Suites Game, Fish and Parks Department – Pelican Lake Recreation Area Game, Fish and Parks Department – Sandy Shore Recreation Area Redlin Art Center Watertown Convention & Visitors Bureau