PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Office of Tourism has added a new feature to their award winning travel website. The new Travel Community section allows people planning a trip to South Dakota to view photos, videos and stories from other travelers’ experiences in and around the state.
"More and more, travelers are going online to plan their vacations, research destinations, and participate in social media activities such as posting photos and diaries," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "This new Travel Community provides a place for visitors to experience what a South Dakota vacation is like, through pictures and stories told by people just like them."
The Travel Community can be found at www.TravelSD.com/TravelCommunity. The state is encouraging people who have visited South Dakota to share their photos, videos and stories in the new section. Visitors to the site can view other travelers’ experiences and discover new places and events to explore on their own travels to South Dakota.
"We hope the Travel Community will be a place for past visitors to share photos and videos with their friends and family, and a place for potential visitors to see South Dakota through another visitor’s experience," said Melissa Bump, director of the Office of Tourism. "The internet has become one of the most powerful tools in the travel industry and the addition of user generated content adds a whole new and real dimension to the experience."
The new Travel Community section of www.TravelSD.com is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.