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2010 Tourism Season Show Strong Increase in Visitor Numbers

10/14/2010
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Falls Park Visitor Information Center is wrapping up the 2010 tourism season with a strong increase in visitor numbers over 2009.
 
Visitors are counted as they enter the visitor center. They may also sign the center’s guest book, although the actual count is taken as people enter the visitor center. It is estimated that approximately one-third of the people visiting Falls Park actually enter the visitor center and/or sign the guestbook.
 
Year-to-date through September 30, 2010, 152,365 visitors entered the visitor center VS. the same time in 2009 when 136,976 visitors were counted in the center, showing an increase of 15,389 visitors.
 
The guest book also showed 2010 visitors came from all 50 states and 56 foreign countries.
 
Top 10 states:               Top 10 countries
Minnesota                       Canada
South Dakota                 Germany         
Iowa                                 United Kingdom
Wisconsin                       Australia
Nebraska                        Norway
Illinois                              Netherlands
Missouri                          Brazil   
California                        France
Michigan                         Sweden
Texas                               Italy
 
The Falls Park Visitor Information Center is managed by the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The visitor center provides visitors to Sioux Falls with citywide information as well as a wide variety of Sioux Falls souvenirs. For more information, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 336-1620.
 
The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission is to market the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a one-of-a-kind visitor destination, and to provide premier visitor services, by attracting conventions, meetings, sports events, leisure and business travelers to Sioux Falls in the most economic and efficient manner possible in order to positively impact the economy.
 
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