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Registration for 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Opens

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PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Office of Tourism encourages all tourism-related businesses to attend the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 16-17 in Pierre. 
The conference will feature expert-led sessions on a variety of topics, including marketing strategy, hospitality, agri-tourism and research tips.  In addition, Governor Mike Rounds will unveil the 2007 visitor spending figures during the Awards Night Gala and closing banquet, January 17. 
“This year I am encouraging people in the travel industry who have never been to the conference to attend and be a part of the round table discussions and seminars that are a big part of moving the tourism industry forward,” said Governor Mike Rounds. “When we can all gather in one place and work together, we take strides, not just steps, in the direction of our 2010 goals.”
The theme of the 2008 conference is Destination 2010: Driving Forward.
“The Governor’s Conference on Tourism is an excellent venue for business owners and tourism operators all across the state to come together to learn new things, network with each other and get to know the Office of Tourism staff,” said Richard Benda, secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development. “In an industry that changes daily, it’s important that together we examine the best practices and continue to build on the successes that we’ve enjoyed over the past years.”
Businesses may register by calling (605) 773-3301 or online at by clicking on the conference icon on the left.  New to online registration is the option to pay via credit card. Continue to visit this site for more information and updates on the tourism conference.
The 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism is a key component 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.