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Tourism Award Nominations Due in September

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PIERRE, S.D. – Nominations for the Office of Tourism’s two annual awards, the Ben Black Elk Award and A.H. Pankow Award, are due September 4, 2007. Nomination forms are available on under conference information.

The Ben Black Elk Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to South Dakota’s visitor industry. The A.H. Pankow Award recognizes a commitment to excellence in photo-journalism, editorial and design and honors a member of the media whose coverage and promotion of the state’s visitor industry is unparalleled. Governor Rounds presents both awards during the closing banquet of the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held January 16-17 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre. For more information, visit

The efforts of the Office of Tourism are part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.