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Great Service Star Program Applications Wanted

9/4/2007
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PIERRE, S.D. – The Office of Tourism is currently seeking applications for The Great Service Star Designation Program, which is designed to identify and recognize businesses that complete a set of criteria for hospitality training of their employees, offer a comment mechanism for visitors, and recognize employees for great service.
Participants meeting the criteria will be awarded a star symbol for use in marketing their business and to demonstrate to visitors their commitment to great service.
All applicants also will be considered for the George S. Mickelson Great Service Award. The winner will receive a $1,000 credit toward participation in the Office of Tourism’s cooperative marketing programs in 2008, including newspaper and magazine inserts.
Great Service Star businesses will be notified in November. The George S. Mickelson Great Service Award recipient will be announced at the Gala Banquet of the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism January 17.
A downloadable application form is available at www.SDvisit.com. Deadline for return to the Office of Tourism is October 5, 2007.
The Great Service Star Program is part of the Office of the Governor’s Hospitality Program, which is 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. 
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