PIERRE, S.D. – Space is still available for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which will bring together South Dakota’s industry professionals this month to discuss the state of tourism in South Dakota, share best practices and look ahead to the 2009 tourism year. The conference is being held January 21 and 22 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
New this year is a conference blog. Those unable to attend can follow the conference at http://tourismconference.info
. Daily news will be posted throughout the conference and will include session highlights, photos and video. The blog will launch on Monday, January 12.
“The Governor’s Conference on Tourism is an excellent opportunity for us, as an industry, to share ideas and come together as we move into the new tourism year,” said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.
This year’s conference theme is “Destination 2010: Making the Connection” and will feature expert-led sessions on a variety of industry topics, including cross-selling, email marketing, environmental travel and tribal tourism. Director Melissa Bump will present the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s plans for 2009, and Governor Mike Rounds will reveal the 2008 visitor spending figures during the closing banquet.
“The 2009 conference venue will provide the opportunity for our industry to share ideas and move in the same direction to achieve our goals for 2010. We know that not everyone can make it, especially in a financially difficult year. The news site will share important information with those who can’t attend; and as they review the dialogue of the conference, we hope they’ll share their ideas on the site as well,” said Melissa Bump, director of the Office of Tourism.
The 2009 Governor's Conference on Tourism is a key component of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.