PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Office of Tourism invites all visitor-related businesses to attend the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jan. 20-21, in Pierre.
“South Dakota’s visitor industry had an economic impact of more than $2 billion on the state’s economy in 2008,” said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. “The conference is a time to reflect on this success, hear from industry experts on how to leverage new trends and technologies, and start planning for the future.”
The theme of the 2010 conference is Destination 2010 and Beyond
. The annual conference will feature expert-led sessions on a variety of topics, including tips for online marketing, small business marketing, getting started in social media, and research tips. Melissa Bump, Director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism, will present plans for 2010, and Gov. Mike Rounds will unveil the 2009 visitor spending figures at the Jan. 21 Awards Night Gala and closing banquet.
“In the final year of the 2010 Initiative
, we will focus on the year ahead and the goals we want to accomplish,” Bump said. “As the theme suggests, the conference is also a time to start gearing up for what lies beyond 2010, and how we, as an industry, will continue to progress together.”
Register for the 2010 conference online at www.SDVisit.com
. Registration is now open. Continue to visit and click on the Tourism Conference icon for updates.