PIERRE, S.D. – See South Dakota Week will be observed May 7-15 in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week.
The week is a salute to travel and tourism in America and the impact of the visitor industry on local, state and federal economies. This year’s national theme is “Why Travel Matters.”
“South Dakota’s visitor industry is a tremendously important economic engine," said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "Tourism draws hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars each year. That not only boosts our economy but also creates many jobs."
In 2010, South Dakota’s visitor industry saw the largest one-year increase in visitor spending since tracking began in 1985. Visitors spent more than $1 billion on everything from lodging to souvenirs, representing a 10 percent increase from 2009. That spending had a $2.6 billion overall impact on the state’s economy.
According to the most recent study from IHS Global Insight, without tourism each South Dakota household would have to pay about $828 more in taxes annually to maintain the current level of state and local tax receipts.
*2010 South Dakota Tourism Facts:
Visitor spending – $1.059 billion
Tourism-related activity generated 20 percent of all state and local tax revenues
More than 28,000 direct jobs were supported by core travel and tourism economic activity
Every 434 visitors create one new job in South Dakota
“Tourism certainly has an incredible impact on the state, but that’s not the only thing See South Dakota Week is about,” said James D. Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “It’s about saluting the industry’s hard work and dedication to the visitor, and it’s about reminding South Dakota citizens of all of the great things they can see in their own backyard.”
The Department of Tourism collaborates on See South Dakota Week with Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce across the state. Partners for 2011 include: