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PIERRE, S.D. – State tourism officials invite the visitor industry to attend one of four informational meetings in July as part of "Ask South Dakota Tourism."

"Tourism in South Dakota is all about the power of partnerships," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "The success of this industry in our state is dependent on all of us getting involved and working together."

Visit one-on-one with tourism staff about cooperative marketing opportunities through the Office of Tourism including the Online Customer Service Training, Million Dollar Challenge, Interstate Information Center Programs, Great Events, Giant Step Program, and Great Getaways Program.

Informational meetings will be held at four locations across the state.

July 14, Noon-3 p.m.

Freeman Hot Springs

Freeman Public Library

322 S Main Street

July 17, 11 a.m.-2p.m.

Hot Springs

Woolly Mammoth Family Fun

1403 Highway 18 Bypass

July 24, 9 a.m.-Noon


Dakota Sunset Museum

205 W Commercial Ave

July 24, 3-6 p.m.


Best Western of Huron

2000 Dakota Ave. S.

"No appointments are necessary for these meetings and they are free of charge," said Melissa Bump, director of the Office of Tourism. "This is a great opportunity for the visitor industry to learn more about the opportunities they have to market their communities and the state of South Dakota."

For more information about cooperative marketing opportunities with the Office of Tourism and "Ask South Dakota Tourism" visit or call (605) 773-3301.

"Ask South Dakota Tourism" is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.