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South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Nine Awards in 2014 ADDY Awards Competition

The South Dakota Advertising Federation has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its agency of record, Lawrence & Schiller, with nine ADDY Awards for advertising, digital marketing and public relations excellence in the 2014 awards competition.

03/27/2014

South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Three Awards in 57th Annual Adrian Awards Competition

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and one of their agencies of record, MMGY Global, with three Adrian Awards for advertising, digital marketing and public relations excellence in the 57th annual awards competition.

03/05/2014

Tourism Industry Remained Strong in 2013

The total economic impact of South Dakota’s visitor industry increased last year by 2.8 percent* from 2012, translating to an overall economic impact of nearly $2 billion. The 2013 figures are from a new report by IHS Global Insight.

01/20/2014

Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Daugaard

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

01/20/2014

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.

01/20/2014

2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Think Big. Think Bold. Think Beyond.

The 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held Jan. 22-23 in Pierre.

01/15/2014

Job Openings at Interstate Information Centers

The South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Association, the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the South Dakota Department of Transportation are now accepting applications to fill seasonal positions for travel counselors and supervisors at 10 Information Center locations along Interstates 29 and 90.

01/02/2014

S.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 129 businesses and organizations in 44 communities for their outstanding customer service efforts. 

11/20/2013

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to Perform on 'Mount Rushmore's American Pride' Float

Music legends Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will appear on the Mount Rushmore’s American Pride float in the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

11/07/2013

Mount Rushmore Society “Buys A Day” Of Monument Operation; More Partners Join Effort To Keep Monument Open

Mount Rushmore National Monument is open today as a result of the deal reached last week between Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the National Park Service. Under that agreement, the Park Service will charge the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument.

10/14/2013

Gov. Daugaard, National Park Service Reach Agreement To Re-Open Mount Rushmore

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced this afternoon that he has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to re-open Mount Rushmore for the duration of the federal government shutdown.

10/11/2013

Special Message from the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism

For those of you who are planning a trip to South Dakota, we would like to take a moment to bring you up-to-date on the status of the National Park Service units in our state AND to encourage you to continue with your travel plans to The Mount Rushmore State.

10/02/2013

Buffalo Roundup Approaches, Leaves Change, Visitors Flock

Custer State Park invites visitors to attend the annual Buffalo Roundup on Friday, Sept. 27.

09/19/2013

Department of Tourism Launches Fall Marketing Campaign

As the peak tourism season draws to a close, Department of Tourism officials have already begun advertising to their next set of potential travelers.

09/17/2013

Department of Tourism Wraps Guerilla Marketing Campaign

Following a 14-city tour across the Midwest with South Dakota Department of Tourism staff in May and June, the presidential mascots have settled back in to South Dakota.

07/25/2013

South Dakota Department of Tourism Capitalizes on Growing Chinese Market

The South Dakota Department of Tourism hosted its first-ever Chinese familiarization tour, effectively showcasing the state to one of the fastest growing segments of the foreign visitor industry.

07/12/2013

Industry Prepares For Peak Tourism Season

Nearly 3,000 professionals from throughout the state geared up for the peak tourism season in South Dakota last month by attending front-line customer service training programs.

06/19/2013

South Dakota Gets Credit In Chicago

Jill O’Brien, manager of Wild Idea Buffalo, recently appeared on the WGN set in Chicago to share about the benefits of bison meat and travel opportunities in South Dakota.

06/19/2013

Mount Rushmore Presidents to Take Journey across Midwest

The presidents of Mount Rushmore National Memorial will embark on a 14-city tour across the Midwest, beginning May 23.

05/06/2013

NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK SPOTLIGHTS BENEFITS OF TRAVEL

South Dakota joins states, cities and travel-related businesses nationwide in recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) to be held May 4-12.

05/06/2013

Tourism Impact and Return on Investment Strong in 2012

The total economic impact of South Dakota’s visitor industry increased last year by 5 percent from 2011, translating to an overall economic impact of nearly $2 billion.

01/17/2013

Tourism Advisory Board Reelects Officers

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has reelected new officers for the coming year.
01/15/2013

2013 Governor's Conference on Tourism: Registration Open

The South Dakota Department of Tourism invites all who are interested in the visitor industry to attend the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jan. 16-17, in Pierre.

11/15/2012

Presidential Mascots to Hit the Streets of New York City

The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s presidential mascots will be walking the streets of New York City this weekend to promote the Mount Rushmore’s American Pride float, which will appear for a third straight year in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

11/15/2012

S.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

11/09/2012

Don McLean To Perform On ‘Mount Rushmore’s American Pride’ Float

One of America's most endearing singer-songwriteres, Don McLean, will appear on the Mount Rushmore's American Pride float in the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. McLean will perfom his 1971 hit "American Pie."

11/08/2012

South Dakota Buffalo Roundup: 47 Years of Managing the Herd and Preserving History

Nearly 50 years of expertise will come together in Custer State Park when the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup thunders across the prairie on September 24. 

09/13/2012

Governor Makes Appointments, Reappointments To Tourism Board

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed four new members to the South Dakota Board of Tourism: Ivan Sorbel of Kyle, Kristi Wagner of Whitewood, Mark Schilling of Mitchell and Ted Hustead of Wall.

08/17/2012

South Dakota Dept. of Tourism Selects Marketing Firms

After an extensive Request for Proposal process, the South Dakota Department of Tourism has chosen Sioux Falls-based Lawrence & Schiller and Kansas City-based MMGY Global as its marketing firms.

08/07/2012

Tourism Conference 2013: Save the Date!

Save the date for the 2013 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 16-17, 2013, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre.

07/17/2012

Independence Day Celebrations at Mount Rushmore

Visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3rd and 4th will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of educational programs, patriotic tributes, and musical entertainment in celebration of Independence Day with a focus on active duty military and veterans.

06/25/2012

Department of Tourism Plans Community Visits

Staff from the Department of Tourism plan to visit communities across the state this summer. The first scheduled stops on their tour are Aberdeen on Thursday, June 14, and Belle Fourche on Tuesday, June 19.

06/12/2012

Interstate Information Centers Open This Weekend

South Dakota’s 12 Interstate Information Centers open Thursday, May 24, to welcome and aid guests as they travel through the state.
05/21/2012

Mount Rushmore Presidents to Take Midwest Roadtrip

Continuing their trek across the United States, the Presidents of Mount Rushmore National Memorial will visit Kansas City on May 26-27 and Des Moines on June 7, 8 and 9.

05/18/2012

Travel Rally Day Spotlights Impact of Travel in South Dakota

Department of Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen will lead South Dakota’s visitor industry in a travel rally on Tuesday, May 8, at the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, and again on Wednesday, May 9, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, as part of the 29th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

05/03/2012

South Dakota Walleye Classic Tournament offers multi-state Governors Cup Challenge

The South Dakota Walleye Classic Tournament committee has offered three paid entries to the winners of the Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota Governor's Cup fishing tournaments.

04/11/2012

State Tourism Takes Dramatically Different Approach in 2012

South Dakota Launches “Your American Journey” Campaign
03/27/2012

South Dakota Vendors Filling 14 Booth Spaces at National Trade Show

The Department of Tourism will be attending the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classicin Kansas City, Mo., February 17-19. 
02/06/2012

Despite Challenges, Tourism Impact Up in 2011

Despite a cool and damp spring and early summer, major flooding and high gas prices, South Dakota’s visitor industry showed improvement in 2011.
01/20/2012

South Dakota Department of Tourism Launches New Mobile App

The South Dakota Department of Tourism recently launched a new statewide mobile app-featuring business and attraction listings from across the state. The app is available for free download on iPhones and iPads, and the Android and Blackberry operating systems.

01/20/2012

Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Daugaard

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2012 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

01/20/2012

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.

01/17/2012

Tourism’s Macy’s Efforts Reached More Than 330 Million

The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s message reached the eyes of more than 330 million people in November, thanks to various public relations tactics combined with the float, “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride,” which appeared in the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

12/22/2011

S.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

Many of South Dakota’s visitor industry businesses and organizations are receiving recognition from the Department of Tourism for delivering outstanding customer service.

12/13/2011

Mt. Rushmore Presidents Take Trip for 70th Birthday

After staying in one place for decades, the Presidents of Mount Rushmore National Memorial are on the move.

11/18/2011

Neil Diamond to Perform on Mount Rushmore’s American Pride

Grammy winning artist Neil Diamond will be performing on Mount Rushmores American Pride float in the 85th annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade®.
11/10/2011

24 Communities Partnering with Tourism to Promote Pheasant Hunting

Twenty-four communities from across South Dakota are partnering with the Department of Tourism to promote pheasant hunting during the Department’s 2011 Rooster Rush promotion.

10/14/2011

Gearing Up For Rooster Rush

The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s “Rooster Rush” campaign is in full swing as communities across the state prepare to welcome hunters to the fields of South Dakota.

10/06/2011

Photography Week in South Dakota

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed the week of September 26-October 2, 2011, as “Photography Week” in South Dakota.
 

09/19/2011

Cowboys: a Driving Force at Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park

Five dozen cowboys will be in the saddle when the 46th annual Buffalo Roundup thunders through Custer State Park on September 26.

09/14/2011

Annual Tourism Award Nominations Due Sept. 2

The Department of Tourism wishes to recongize exceptional individuals and businesses who have contributed to the state's tourism industry.

07/13/2011

Governor’s Mansion Tours To Begin On June 22

First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that public tours of the Governor’s Mansion will begin on Wednesday, June 22.  
 

06/15/2011

South Dakota Governor Daugaard Welcomes Visitors

South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugaard made a video announcement that despite flooding in the Pierre/Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes areas, the state is ready and welcoming visitors. Fishing and boating are as good on the river as they have every been, and hundreds of public and private campsites are available.

06/07/2011

South Dakota Visitor Industry Ready to Welcome Visitors

Governor Dennis Daugaard said South Dakota is in great shape to welcome visitors who are making the state their family vacation destination.

06/03/2011

First Lady Linda Daugaard Invites You to Tour the Governor’s Mansion

First Lady Linda Daugaard announced today that she and Gov. Dennis Daugaard are opening the Governor’s Mansion to the public for tours this summer.
 

05/23/2011

Interstate Information Centers Set to Open

South Dakota's 12 Interstate Information Centers open Thursday, May 26, to welcome and aid guests as they travel through the state.

05/19/2011

South Dakota Celebrates See South Dakota 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.”

05/05/2011

A Royal Excursion

The State of South Dakota extends an invitation to the soon-to-be newlywed royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, to honeymoon in the Black Hills, South Dakota, to celebrate their marriage.

04/14/2011

Department of Tourism Now Official

The Executive Reorganization Order creating the Department of Tourism, signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in January, goes into effect today. The new Department of Tourism also includes the South Dakota State Historical Society and the South Dakota Arts Council.

04/13/2011

South Dakota Mentioned as one of Best Roads to Drive in America

South Dakota made the top 12 best roads to drive, according to the Huffington Post. Check out the link!

03/08/2011

South Dakota Tourism Experiences Largest Increase in State History

The amount of money spent by travelers in South Dakota jumped $96 million last year. It’s the largest single-year increase the state’s industry has ever seen.

01/25/2011

Gov. Daugaard Recognizes Tourism Leaders

Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented leaders in the visitor industry with the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s top awards Thursday evening.

01/21/2011

Tourism Advisory Board Retains Officers

The Tourism Advisory Board has made no changes to the elected officers for the year 2011.

01/18/2011

2011 Governor's Conference on Tourism: Registration Open

The South Dakota Office of Tourism invites all visitor-related businesses to attend the 2011 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jan. 19-20, in Pierre.

11/22/2010

State-Community Partnership Brings Journalists to Pine Ridge

Eighteen national and international journalists will visit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this week. The South Dakota Office of Tourism partnered with community members from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to host the journalists.

09/30/2010

Satellite Feed Coordinates Available for Buffalo Roundup

On Monday, September 27, 2010, thousands of visitors will feel the earth shake. Broadcast media will have the opportunity to capture live video during the event.

09/17/2010

Buffalo Roundup Named One of Country’s 100 Best Events

For the second year in a row, the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

09/07/2010

Black Hills Photo Shootout: September Declared "Photography Month"

More than 100 photographers from across the nation are expected in the Black Hills this month.

08/31/2010

Governor Rounds appoints Baker to Tourism Advisory Board

Gov. Mike Rounds has appointed Gerard Baker of Rapid City to South Dakota’s 11-member Tourism Advisory Board.

08/25/2010

South Dakota’s Great Faces: Hugh Glass

Bravery, determination and a wilderness survival tale of beating all odds are the reasons Hugh Glass is one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.

08/04/2010

Tourism Conference 2011: Save the Date!

Save the date for the 2011 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 19-20, 2011, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre.

07/22/2010

Online Bookings Jump Triple Digits for South Dakota Visitor Industry

Planning a trip in South Dakota has never been easier, and more people than ever before are realizing it. Online travel bookings from TravelSD.com, South Dakota’s official travel website, have increased nearly ninefold so far this year.

07/15/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Ted Hustead

It was the Great Depression and Ted Hustead (HYOO’-sted) had just started a business in a town that was said to be “godforsaken.”

07/14/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Arne Larson

With a passion for music and collecting, Arne Larson compiled one of the greatest collections of musical instruments, including some of the rarest in the world. For that, Larson is known as one of South Dakota’s Great Faces.

07/07/2010

Black Hills Photo Shootout: Registration Open

Photographers of all levels, it’s time to dust off your lenses and get ready to photograph all the Black Hills have to offer!The first-ever Black Hills Photo Shootout, a photography festival, is set for Sept.17, 18 and 19 in Rapid City, Spearfish, and Custer.

07/01/2010

Sculpture in the Hills Show and Sale

Located just minutes from two of the largest and most renowned outdoor sculptures in the world – Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial – Hill City, S.D., will host the third-annual Sculpture in the Hills Show and Sale on June 26-27, 2010.

06/14/2010

New State of the Art Meeting Facility and Casino at Deadwood

The newly opened Lodge at Deadwood is ready to host meetings and conventions. The 16,000-square-foot facility provides a new venue for Deadwood to compete for large regional and national gatherings.

06/11/2010

Native South Dakota: A Travel Guide to Tribal Lands

Visitors interested in South Dakota’s Native American culture have an updated resource to direct them to tribal lands and attractions. 

06/08/2010

South Dakota Outdoor Expo

Third annual outdoor expo!

06/07/2010

Ipswich Trail Days Provides Affordable Family Fun

If you're seeking an exciting family event in South Dakota at a reasonable price, look no further than the annual Ipswich Trail Days, June 11-13.

05/20/2010

Interstate Information Centers Open This Weekend

South Dakota's 13 Interstate Information Centers open Saturday, May 22, to welcome and aid guests as they travel through the state.

05/19/2010

Mickelson Trail Receives Hall of Fame Award

The George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills has gained national attention by being recently inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.

05/06/2010

See South Dakota Week: Celebrating Tourism and the Visitor Industry

Communities and attractions across South Dakota are collaborating with the Office of Tourism to celebrate See South Dakota Week and prepare for the onset of the summer tourism season. 

05/06/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Josef Meier

Josef Meier became an actor when he was 10 weeks old. Therefore, it's fitting that he established the Black Hills Passion Play in 1939, transplanting a custom of his native Germany into a well-known tradition in South Dakota.

04/21/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Arthur Mellette

Arthur C. Mellette was the only man to serve as both Governor of Dakota Territory and Governor of the State of South Dakota. His enthusiasm and advocacy for South Dakota's statehood make him one of South Dakota's Great Faces.

04/07/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Frederick Evans

Frederick Evans is remembered as the man who developed Hot Springs, S.D., into a health resort destination. He capitalized on the area's warm mineral waters, creating a town still known for its healing atmosphere and historic significance.

03/24/2010

South Dakota's Great Faces: Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux was one of the first African American filmmakers in the United States, and one of the first African American settlers in South Dakota.

02/10/2010

South Dakota’s Great Faces: John Gutzon Borglum

Gutzon Borglum (John Gutzon Borglum) is most notably known in South Dakota as the man who directed the carving of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. While making his mark both on South Dakota history and the visitor industry, he was known for other artistic works as well.

02/03/2010

Tourism Launches New Online Co-op Program

The South Dakota Digital Revolution, a new co-op program, is now available to both large and small businesses in the visitor industry. The center of a revamped Tourism Web site, the Digital Revolution aims to benefit visitors to South Dakota through cross-linking features, which automatically suggest additional attractions, based on what the visitor has already viewed.

01/25/2010

Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Rounds

Gov. Mike Rounds and the South Dakota Office of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

01/22/2010

South Dakota Bucks National Trend: Visitor Numbers Up

South Dakota had a record number of visitors in 2009, according to a Global Insight study released Thursday evening at the 2010 annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.

01/22/2010

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.

Frank Smith of Gettysburg was elected board president during a meeting today in Pierre. Jim Schade (SHAY’-dee) of Volga was elected vice president/president elect.

01/19/2010

Co-op Opportunity Available for SD Businesses

South Dakota Office of Tourism now accepting applications

01/12/2010

Tourism Working on New Group Tour Guide

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is offering South Dakota businesses an updated opportunity to attract visitors.
01/07/2010

Winter Sports

Break out the skis. Snow has hit South Dakota and winter sports enthusiasts now have miles of fun ahead of them. Whether it's snowmobiling, downhill or cross-country skiing, South Dakota is an ideal and affordable winter getaway.

12/29/2009

Reality TV Star to Keynote Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Offers insight into small-business success and thinking big

12/17/2009

South Dakota Names its Great Events of 2010

Four South Dakota communities will get a boost from state government in their 2010 tourism efforts. Chamberlain, Huron, Ipswich and Rapid City will each host one of South Dakota’s Great Events of 2010.

11/17/2009

2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Destination 2010 and Beyond

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.
11/12/2009

S.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

Dozens of tourism businesses and organizations are receiving recognition for their dedication to customer service.
11/05/2009

South Dakota Rolls Out the Orange Carpet for Hunters

Pheasants have thrived in South Dakota for more than a century, and with this year’s traditional season opener just around the corner the state is preparing to greet outdoorsmen and women from around the globe for world-class hunting experiences.

10/15/2009

Crazy Horse Celebrates 20 Years of Reconciliation

Crazy Horse Memorial will celebrate Native American Day with its 20th annual celebration on Monday, Oct. 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. MDT. Traditional hoop dancers, Native American artists, an educational program, a blast on the mountain and more will all be a part of the event.

10/05/2009

Buffalo Roundup Selected as Top 100 Events in North America

The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival is one of the premier events on this continent, according to the American Bus Association (ABA).

09/10/2009

Buffalo Roundup

Starting Sept. 26, the Black Hills and Custer State Park come alive with events ranging from arts festivals and historic reenactments to chili cook-offs and old-time fiddlers, all centered around the annual roundup of the park’s nearly 1,500 bison.

09/10/2009

South Dakota Dept. of Tourism Receives National Nod

The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s newest tool for bringing visitors to the Black Hills is receiving national recognition.
09/09/2009

Rooster Rush is Here: Office of Tourism Partners with Minnesota Vikings to Promote Hunting

The Office of Tourism has officially launched the Rooster Rush campaign in an effort to attract pheasant hunters from surrounding states.

08/20/2009

Missouri River Recreation Flourishing

Each year, the Missouri River is a destination spot for people throughout South Dakota and surrounding states, and this year is no exception.
08/18/2009

South Dakotans Invited to Experience Primal Quest Event

Spectators who want to take part in Primal Quest Badlands Presented by SPOT will have several ways to enjoy the excitement of “The World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition” to be held August 14 – 23, 2009.

08/07/2009

South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival to Feature Great Entertainment

Dustin Evans and the Johnny Holm Band to Perform

08/04/2009

Rooster Rush is Coming

South Dakota partners with the Minnesota Vikings

08/03/2009

Public Welcome for Cast and Crew of the TV Series: Best of America by Horseback

Cowboys and horses will bring plenty of commotion to the community of Belle Fourche on Aug. 5, 2009, when the Best of America by Horseback cast and crew trots into town.

07/30/2009

New Million Dollar Challenge Partners Announced

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has approved seven new partners for the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge matching grant program.

07/29/2009

Historic Deadwood Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Gaming

In 1989, Deadwood launched a long-shot experiment to see if legalized gambling could save the town's economy and preserve its heritage.

07/28/2009

Tourism Conference 2010: Save the Date!

The 2010 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held January 20-21, 2010, at the Ramkota River Centre in Pierre.

07/24/2009

South Dakota Images Hit the Road

Wrapped semi-trucks and social media highlight tourism marketing

07/16/2009

Great Events Wanted

Does your community host an event that’s great? The South Dakota Office of Tourism wants to know about it.

07/14/2009

Community Involvement Important for Primal Quest: Badlands

07/07/2009

An Affordable Storybook Vacation

Once upon a time, family vacations were about spending time together, not standing in long lines. Memories didn't cost hundreds of dollars. Instead they were fueled by imagination.

06/24/2009

Yankton, S.D., Adds Archery Association to its Quiver

For thousands of archery enthusiasts and competitors from around the globe, Yankton will be the new home of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) headquarters and the Easton Sports Development Foundation Center for Excellence in Archery (ESDF).

06/04/2009

Primal Quest Adventure Racing: Team South Dakota

Only 74 more days left until the World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition, also known as Primal Quest, begins in South Dakota.

06/02/2009

North America’s Premiere Tour Operators Descend on Rapid City

Record attendance expected for convention.

06/02/2009

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Confirmed for 2009 Legends Ride

Registration available for charity event that kicks off 2009 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

05/28/2009

Mount Rushmore Black Hills Gold: History in the Making

After venturing into the Black Hills in search of gold, French goldsmith Henri LeBeau became hopelessly lost. Almost dying of starvation, LeBeau came across wild grapes that saved his life. In honor of the lifesaving grapes, he designed what he called the "good luck" jewelry.
05/26/2009

Cultural Heritage Center Summer Hours

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and the South Dakota State Historical Society is extending the hours the museum is open at the Cultural Heritage Center.

05/22/2009

Rushmore to add laser scans, digital mapping to its preservation arsenal

When you get to be a national icon of a certain age, you need a little help looking smooth and youthful. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which turns 68 this year, undergoes a facelift every year.

05/19/2009

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches E-Newsletter

On May 18, 2009, the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) launched their new quarterly e-newsletter called CVBeat!

05/18/2009

Interstate Information Centers Now Open

South Dakota’s 13 Interstate Information Centers are now open for the season to welcome guests as they travel through the state.

05/18/2009

Annual Tourism Award Nominations

Each year at the annual South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism, awards are presented to outstanding members or organizations who have contributed to the state's visitor industry.

05/14/2009

See South Dakota Week: Discover Great South Dakota Traditions

The South Dakota Office of Tourism encourages South Dakotans to discover the state’s great traditions this summer.

05/06/2009

The Native American Story

As Native American history grows and continues to capture the interest of travelers around the world, the South Dakota Native American experience provides some of the best travel opportunities and destinations in the world.

04/23/2009

New Million Dollar Challenge Partners Announced

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has approved 19 new partners for the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge matching grant program.

04/21/2009

Spearfish: A Year-round Travel Destination

Known as the Queen City of the Black Hills, this once-sleepy farming town has become a thriving center for commerce, medicine, higher education, outdoor recreation and tourism.

04/15/2009

Favorite Things: Top Five in Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country, but 71,000-acre Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is certainly one of them.

04/15/2009

Primal Quest Adventure Racing: Not Just for Men

Primal Quest Adventure Racing requires the teams competing in the human endurance race be co-ed. This year’s race is holding strong with 35 women and 93 men (32 teams total) signed up to cover the Badlands of South Dakota; with more teams talking about registering daily.

04/13/2009

South Dakota Office of Tourism Enhances Online Services

The South Dakota Office of Tourism recently enhanced its consumer Internet site, www.TravelSD.com, making it easier for users to arrange travel plans online.

04/09/2009

Marks of HIstory: Crazy Horse Mountain

On June 3, 1948, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Chief Henry Standing Bear decided to make their dream of carving a memorial to Crazy Horse a reality. This historic marker, located at the entrance of the memorial on Highway 16, describes why Lakota Chief Crazy Horse was chosen as the model/subject

04/08/2009

Ask Questions, Get Answers

State tourism officials invite the visitor industry to attend one of four informational meetings in the coming months as part of an “Ask South Dakota Tourism” road trip.

04/07/2009

Mark Your Calendar: Family-Friendly, Affordable Events

Its time to start planning ahead for family-friendly, affordable events that will get everyone out of the house for a weekend. This year’s Great Events are cost effective, enjoyable and fun for all ages.

04/06/2009

Important Announcement: Primal Quest Race to Start One Day Earlier

03/30/2009

Primal Quest Adventure Racing: Training Involved

Training for an adventure race is never easy, and training for one like Primal Quest requires more than just time and energy.
03/05/2009

New Group Tour Planning Guide Now Available

The South Dakota Office of Tourism recently completed its updated 2009-2010 Group Tour Planning Guide.
02/26/2009

Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb

The Goss Opera House and Gallery in Watertown, S.D., has opened their new TUTANKHAMUN: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb exhibition.
02/12/2009

Primal Quest Adventure Racing: Who is Don Mann?

As a retired Navy SEAL, American adventure racing pioneer, co-founder of Odyssey Adventure Racing and Director of Primal Quest Adventure Racing; Don Mann is the man!
02/05/2009

Applications Being Sought for New Public Relations Co-op

Applications are now being accepted for a new multi-media press release cooperative program offered by the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
02/03/2009

Tourism Leaders Recognized by Governor Rounds

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s top awards were presented to visitor industry leaders by Governor Mike Rounds Thursday evening.
01/23/2009

2008 Tourism Revenue Sets Record at $967 Million

2.8% increase marks 7th consecutive year of growth

01/22/2009

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

01/20/2009

Governor’s Conference on Tourism Gearing Up

Conference blog offers updates for those unable to attend
01/08/2009

Primal Quest Adventure Racing: Who Does These Kinds of Races?

Next summer, South Dakota will host Primal Quest Badlands: the World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition, a 10-day expedition adventure race totaling 600 miles. That leaves many asking, who does these kinds of races?
01/08/2009

Yankton’s Rockin’ Ribfest Grows Local Economy

Yankton’s Rockin’ Ribfest, held in September, helped boost the local economy through increased attendance, more vendors and more food.
12/31/2008

Web Marketing Partnership to Promote Southeast Region

A newly created group in southeast South Dakota is developing an integrated website marketing strategy that will drive online traffic to 15 member communities’ websites.
12/18/2008

What is Adventure Racing?

Primal Quest Badlands is an expedition level adventure race taking place in South Dakota next summer. Athletes will compete with one another and against each other on a 600-mile wilderness course. So, what exactly is adventure racing?
12/04/2008

South Dakota Pheasantennial Event a Success

The Pheasantennial featured event, recently held in Mitchell, S.D., was deemed a success by the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
12/02/2008

New Million Dollar Challenge Partners Announced

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has approved six new partners for the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge matching grant program.
11/25/2008

S.D. Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

The Office of Tourism has recognized 110 South Dakota businesses and organizations for their superior customer service efforts in 2008.
11/20/2008

South Dakota Office of Tourism Announces Great Events for 2009 Campaign

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has finalized the five events chosen for the 2009 Great Events Campaign.
11/19/2008

Primal Quest: Elements of the Past

In less than a year, co-ed teams of four will race to the Black Hills and Badlands area for a grueling 600-mile race.
11/06/2008

2009 Governor's Conference on Tourism: Making the Connection

The South Dakota Office of Tourism invites all visitor-related businesses to attend the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 21-22 in Pierre.
11/04/2008

Buffalo Roundup Viewed by Millions

Thousands saw it first-hand. Millions viewed it or read about it across the country.
10/21/2008

Primal Quest Coming to the Badlands of South Dakota

South Dakota to host Primal Quest Badlands presented by SPOT in August 2009.
09/26/2008

Great Service Star Applications Due October 3

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is currently accepting applications for the Great Service Star Designation Program.
09/25/2008

Marketing Efforts Underway for Fall Season

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has launched its shoulder season marketing campaign, targeting empty nesters, families and hunters on a regional, national and international scale.
08/28/2008

Annual Tourism Award Nominations Due September 2

Each year at the annual South Dakota Governor's Conference on Tourism, awards are presented to outstanding members or organizations who have contributed to the state's visitor industry.

08/14/2008

Governor Proclaims August 4 KISS Rock and Roll Day

The classic rock band KISS will appear at Glencoe Campground/Rock’n the Rally on August 4 to accept a proclamation from Governor Mike Rounds, presented by Sturgis Mayor Maury LaRue, prior to their concert.
08/01/2008

Million Dollar Challenge Enters Second Year

Tourism organizations can apply for the Million Dollar Challenge, having met and followed the program requirements set by the Office of Tourism.

07/24/2008

South Dakota Pheasantennial: 100 Years of Tradition

The fall season in South Dakota typically means one thing. The pheasants are flying and the hunters are flocking.
07/16/2008

Great Events Wanted

Does your community host an event that’s great? The South Dakota Office of Tourism wants to know about it.
07/10/2008

Ask Questions, Get Answers

State tourism officials invite the visitor industry to attend one of four informational meetings in July as part of "Ask South Dakota Tourism."
07/01/2008

South Dakota Agritourism Conference

The South Dakota Agritourism conference will take place in Mitchell, July 15, on the campus of Mitchell Technical Institute.
06/25/2008

Fireworks Light up the Faces of Freedom

Fireworks will highlight the Independence Day Celebration on July 3, at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
06/24/2008

Office of Tourism Employee Chosen for Regional Board

Tim Binder, Marketing Research Analyst with the South Dakota Office of Tourism, has been chosen to serve as Secretary of the Board for the CenStates Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA).
06/19/2008

Festival Celebrates Presidents and Patriotism

The third annual Festival of Presidents will take place June 27-28, 2008, in Rapid City.

06/17/2008

Oahe Days Builds Pride Through Community Celebration

The Oahe Days Arts Festival will take place June 20-22, 2008, in Pierre.
06/10/2008

Documentary Film on Czech Days Set to Premiere

The media and public are invited to attend screenings of a new documentary about Czech Days called, Tabor: A Little Czech Town on the American Prairie.
06/09/2008

Online Customer Service Training Up and Running

The South Dakota Office of Tourism launched its first ever online customer service training curriculum May 29, 2008.
06/03/2008

Czech it Out!

Czech Days is one of the longest running and best-known Czech Festivals in the United States.
05/29/2008

Tourism Conference 2009: Save the Date!

The 2009 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held Jan. 21-22 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
05/28/2008

Summer Marketing Showcases South Dakota

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s marketing plan continues to showcase the state to travelers looking for the perfect summer getaway.
05/22/2008

Share Your South Dakota Memories on TravelSD.com

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has added a new feature to their award winning travel website.
05/20/2008

See South Dakota Week

Discover Great South Dakota Traditions.
05/08/2008

Tourism Industry Holds Training Workshops

Hospitality, leadership and industry trends are the focus of training workshops being held across South Dakota in upcoming weeks.
05/08/2008

South Dakota Outdoor News

While the fishing season in South Dakota never closes, spring is often one of the greatest times of the year for trout fishing in the Black Hills. Hungry fish and beautiful weather welcome anglers of all skill levels who are searching for a little serenity and solitude.
05/06/2008

Interstate Information Centers Set to Open May 17

South Dakota’s 13 Interstate Information Centers open for the season May 17.
05/06/2008

New Golf Guide Available

It will now be easier for golf enthusiasts to find and enjoy their favorite golf courses in South Dakota.
04/28/2008

Enhanced Web Site

The South Dakota Office of Tourism, in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (SD GFP) and the South Dakota Campground Owners Association (SDCOA), has launched a new section of www.TravelSD.com.
04/24/2008

Office of Tourism to Launch Online Hospitality Training

The South Dakota Office of Tourism will launch its first ever online hospitality training curriculum May 15, 2008.
04/14/2008

New Series “In Your Own Backyard” to Begin

The South Dakota Office of Tourism will begin showcasing everything South Dakota in a new press release series titled "In Your Own Backyard."
03/31/2008

Media and Trade Blitzes Get Message Out to Key Markets

The South Dakota Office of Tourism will meet with media outlets and travel agents in key markets in the next two months.
02/28/2008

South Dakota Welcomes Their “Great Neighbor”

The South Dakota Office of Tourism soon hopes to share more than just a border with the state of Minnesota.
02/25/2008

Industry Rallies Together at 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Record attendance at the 2008 Governor's Conference on Tourism was due to the number of first-time attendees.
02/14/2008

Bump Named Tourism Director

Melissa Bump has been named Director of the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
01/28/2008

Travel Counselors Needed For Interstate Information Centers

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is now accepting applications for travel counselors and supervisors at 10 Information Centers along Interstate 29 and 90.
01/24/2008

Tourism Leaders Recognized by Governor Rounds

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s top awards were presented to visitor industry leaders by Governor Mike Rounds Thursday evening.
01/18/2008

South Dakota Sets Record for Visitor Spending

The $76 million growth translates into the largest one-year increase in visitor spending dollars in the state’s history.
01/17/2008

South Dakota Film Office teams up with Reel-Scout™

The South Dakota Film Office has launched a brand new locations library online at www.FilmSD.com.
01/16/2008

Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

President and vice president of the Tourism Advisory Board were elected in a meeting Jan. 15 in Pierre.
01/15/2008

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS Boosts Traffic to State Tourism Website

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS has increased traffic to the South Dakota Tourism website www.TravelSD.com.

01/15/2008

Office of Tourism Unveils Third Pair in Poster Series

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has added two new posters to their revised poster series.
01/15/2008

Winter Marketing Campaign Gathers Steam

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is showcasing the state’s activities and attractions by recently launching its winter season advertising campaign to draw winter enthusiasts to the state.
01/03/2008

2008 Governor's Conference on Tourism: Industry Issue Forums Announced

The Governor's Conference on Tourism will begin with four issue forums designed to address the needs and latest topics of today's South Dakota visitor industry.
12/27/2007

South Dakota Outdoor News

All over the upper Midwest, fishermen are gearing up for a long awaited ice fishing season. With temperatures dipping into the teens, and below zero in many South Dakota counties, their wait has come to an end.
12/18/2007

Office of Tourism and Partners promote National Treasure: Book of Secrets

12/06/2007

Great Customer Service Earns Businesses a STAR

The Office of Tourism has recognized 84 South Dakota businesses and organizations for their superior customer service efforts in 2007.
12/05/2007

Public and Private Partnerships Pay Off

The South Dakota Office of Tourism, through a joint partnership with the ethanol industry, recently received another national award for their 2006 “Twenty Bucks for the Road” campaign.
11/29/2007

South Dakota Office of Tourism’s website now features upcoming film information

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s website, www.TravelSD.com now features information about the upcoming film National Treasure: Book of Secrets including movie trailers, interviews and information about the South Dakota locations used in the film.
11/28/2007

South Dakota Office of Tourism Announces Great Events for 2008

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has selected 5 events for the 2008 Great Events campaign.
11/27/2007

New Resource for Travel Professionals

The South Dakota Office of Tourism recently launched a new web site designed specifically to provide useful information to travel agents, meeting planners and group tour operators with the hopes that the site will help them bring more visitors to the state.
11/26/2007

Registration for 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Opens

The South Dakota Office of Tourism encourages all tourism-related businesses to attend the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, January 16-17 in Pierre.
11/19/2007

South Dakota Outdoor News

Two weeks into this year’s pheasant season and things couldn’t be better in South Dakota. A large population of birds, coupled with great weather, is providing some of the best pheasant hunting in the country.
11/08/2007

Custer State Park’s Annual Buffalo Roundup Has Global Reach

An estimated 11,000 visitors were in attendance for the Buffalo Roundup. In addition to the visitors in attendance, millions of viewers tuned in to see the images of wranglers on horseback and rangers in pickups herding the stampeding bison into corrals.
10/25/2007

South Dakota Grabs National Tourism Spotlight

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has once again received national recognition for excellence in tourism marketing.
10/23/2007

New Online Tools Make Travel to South Dakota Easier

With online travel planning dominating the tourism market, the South Dakota Office of Tourism has upgraded its Web site to improve the planning process.
10/18/2007

First Lady Rounds Hosts South Dakota Art Showcase

First Lady Jean Rounds will host the First Lady's Prairie Art Showcase from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
10/10/2007

Two South Dakota Events Selected As Top 100 in North America

The Fort Sisseton Historical Festival and Hill City Western Heritage Festival have been selected as the 2008 Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association (ABA).
09/20/2007

Buffalo Roundup Highlights Fall Travel in South Dakota

A one-of-a-kind experience awaits fall travelers.
09/12/2007

Mickelson Trail Trek: Ten Years of Touring the Hills

Get a bird’s eye view of the great outdoors at this year’s Mickelson Trail Trek, which takes biking enthusiasts through the heart of the Black Hills.
09/04/2007

Great Service Star Program Applications Wanted

The Office of Tourism is currently seeking applications for The Great Service Star Designation Program.
09/04/2007

South Dakota Wins Two National Awards

South Dakota’s "Twenty Bucks for the Road" campaign that captured national attention was one of two Office of Tourism campaigns that received awards from the National Council of State Tourism Directors.
08/28/2007

Wheels & Wings to Kick Off

Wheels & Wings, one of four Great Events promoted by the South Dakota Office of Tourism, will take place August 25-26, 2007.
08/21/2007

Tourism Award Nominations Due in September

Nominations for the Office of Tourism’s two annual awards, the Ben Black Elk Award and A.H. Pankow Award, are due September 4, 2007.

08/16/2007

First Annual Custer State Park Tribal Art Show

The South Dakota Office of Tourism announces the first annual Custer State Park Tribal Art Show. The juried art show will take place May 17-18, 2008, in conjunction with the Game, Fish and Parks’ free weekend.
08/15/2007

Wheels & Wings: Rev Up Your Engines

Feel the thunder at Wheels & Wings, August 25-26, 2007 in Aberdeen.
08/14/2007

CBS Early Show Great American Vacation Destination

South Dakota took center stage yesterday on the CBS “Early Show” and gained national exposure as Dave Price of CBS shot on-location at Mount Rushmore National Memorial as part of The CBS’ Great American Vacation Give-away.
08/10/2007

Office of Tourism Announces Million Dollar Challenge Partner

The Sioux Falls Sports Authority has been named the newest partner in the Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge.
07/24/2007

Summer Midpoint Shows Tourism Up in South Dakota

Peak season inquiries up 17.5% over 2006
07/24/2007

Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo - Not Just for Cowboys

The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo begins today with entertainment, rodeo and other activities.
07/19/2007

Millions View Mount Rushmore Fireworks

An estimated 52.8 million viewers watched as fireworks lit up America’s Shrine of Democracy at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2007.
07/17/2007

Great Events Wanted

Does your community host an event that’s great? The South Dakota Office of Tourism wants to know about it.
06/19/2007

South Dakota Office of Tourism Re-designs Newsroom

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has recently launched an all new interactive Newsroom on www.TravelSD.com.
06/19/2007

Industry Prepares for Peak Tourism Season

Over 1,000 professionals from throughout the state geared up for the peak tourism season in South Dakota last month by attending one of the eight hospitality training workshops conducted around the state.
06/14/2007

Czech Days Celebrates Heritage with Unique Events

From a polka mass to kolaches and traditional Czech costumes, the 59th annual Czech Days celebration has something for everyone.
06/06/2007

Office of Tourism Announces Million Dollar Challenge Partners

The Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge program is a part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.
06/05/2007

See South Dakota Week: Promoting South Dakota's Treasures

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is encouraging South Dakotans to explore the vacation opportunities in their own backyard. The campaign, called See South Dakota Week, also stresses the importance the visitor industry has on local economies.
05/16/2007

South Dakota Office of Tourism Targets Adventure Travelers

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is updating the South Dakota Adventure Travel Guide. Inclusion in this booklet is free and open to all businesses in the state offering adventurous activities.
05/14/2007

Interstate Information Centers Open May 12

“Information Center travel counselors answer questions for and offer travel tips to thousands of visitors throughout the summer,” said Billie Jo Waara, Director of the Office of Tourism. “Their efforts throughout the peak tourism season can really have an impact on our visitors’ experience.”
05/07/2007

Tourism Industry Holds Hospitality Training Workshops

The “Power of Approachability” takes place in Chamberlain May 23 and Sioux Falls May 24, featuring Scott Ginsberg. Mr. Ginsberg has been interviewed by CNN and USA Today and quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan magazine as “The World’s Expert on Approachability.”
05/02/2007

Tourism Conference 2008: Save the Date!

The 2008 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held Jan. 16-17 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre. South Dakota Office of Tourism organizes the event and encourages all members of the state’s visitor industry to attend. This year’s theme is “Destination 2010: Driving Forward.”
05/01/2007

Office of Tourism Announces New Million Dollar Challenge Partners

“The Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge is meant to generate new business and new growth for the tourism industry,” said Richard Benda, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development.
04/17/2007

South Dakota Office of Tourism Media and Trade Blitzes Planned

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is planning its 2007 Media and Trade Blitzes in three key areas in the next two months.
02/13/2007

South Dakota Hosts International Tour Operators

Tour operators from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States will gather in Deadwood and Hot Springs today and tomorrow for the 13th annual Rocky Mountain International (RMI) Roundup.
01/25/2007

Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board Chooses Officers

George Kessler of Mina was elected president of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board during a meeting Jan. 16 in Pierre. John Brockelsby of Rapid City was elected vice president/president elect.
01/24/2007

Governor Rounds Proposes Second Million Dollar Challenge

Governor Rounds announced a proposal to the South Dakota legislature to add another $1 million to the Office of Tourism’s budget.
01/19/2007

''Twenty Bucks for the Road'' Results Are In

A cooperative campaign aimed at combating rising fuel prices and a predicted slump in summer tourism travel proved to be an overwhelming success.
01/19/2007

Tourism Leaders Recognized by Governor Rounds

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s top awards were presented to industry leaders by Gov. Mike Rounds Thursday evening.
01/19/2007

South Dakota Bucks National Travel Forecast

Visitor Spending Up by 6.9% over 2005.
01/17/2007

South Dakota Travel Monitoring System Shows Positive Results

The overall number of visitors coming to South Dakota is steadily increasing.
01/12/2007

Travel Counselors Needed For Interstate Information Centers

South Dakota Office of Tourism is now accepting applications for travel counselors and supervisors at 10 Information Centers along Interstates 29 and 90.
01/05/2007

Office of Tourism to Unveil New Posters

The South Dakota Office of Tourism will feature the Missouri River from the bluffs and Badlands National Park.
01/01/2007

Study Captures Portrait of South Dakota Tourists

Visitors to South Dakota are taking longer vacations and spending more.
12/28/2006

Great Customer Service Earns Businesses a STAR

The Office of Tourism has recognized more than 100 South Dakota businesses and organizations for their superior customer service efforts.
12/28/2006

Winter Marketing Campaign Underway

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has launched its winter season advertising campaign to attract winter enthusiasts to South Dakota.
12/18/2006

South Dakota Still the Pheasant Capital of the World

Yet again, South Dakota is being recognized for its extraordinary pheasant hunting, only this time it is on a national stage. Mike Hegedus from CNBC’s “On the Money” was joined by Gov. Mike Rounds to discuss the economics of pheasant hunting.
11/30/2006

Great Customer Service Earns Businesses a STAR

The Office of Tourism has recognized more than 100 South Dakota businesses and organizations for their superior customer service efforts.
11/23/2006

Office of Tourism Announces Great Events for 2007

Four South Dakota events have been selected by the Office of Tourism for the 2007 Great Events campaign.
10/23/2006

First Lady Rounds Hosts South Dakota Art Showcase

First Lady Jean Rounds will host the First Lady's Prairie Art Showcase from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
10/23/2006

Conference Spotlights Agri-Cultural Heritage Tourism

Several of South Dakota’s artists and specialty producers will come together Nov. 8-9 for the second annual Agri-Cultural Heritage Tourism Conference.
10/20/2006

Satellite Feed Helps Millions View Buffalo Roundup

The Old West returned to South Dakota on Oct. 2 during Custer State Park’s Annual Buffalo Roundup. Millions of viewers tuned in to see the images of wranglers on horseback and rangers in pickups herding the stampeding bison into corrals.
10/11/2006

Buffalo Round Up Story Starters:

09/28/2006

41st Annual Buffalo Roundup - Where the Old West Meets the World

Imagine trying to round up nearly 1,500 wild buffalo roaming over 71,000 acres of prairie grasslands. It’s not an easy task, but it’s a magnificent site that draws thousands of people from all over the world to South Dakota.
09/27/2006

Ghost Stories at the Adams Museum

Black Hills Storytellers will haunt the halls of the Adams Museum with ghoulish tales on Saturday, September 24, 2005 from 10 p.m. to midnight.
09/13/2006

Fall: A Great Time to Visit South Dakota's Great Faces and Great Places

Why is South Dakota a great place to plan a fall getaway? Is it falling prices at the pump? Smaller crowds? The colorful scenery? An abundance of pheasants? Or is it one of the dozens of weekend fall festivals and family events that makes South Dakota an ideal destination?
09/13/2006

Office of Tourism Reaches out to Motorcycle Enthusiasts

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is reaching out to motorcycle enthusiasts with a brand new collateral piece designed to showcase some of South Dakota’s best rides.
07/26/2006

Punch Cards Get Creative Treatment

Opening in Gallery A on July 28 is the innovative and collaborative exhibit Do Not Fold, Bend, Spindle or Mutilate: Computer Punch Card Art.
07/13/2006

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Back by popular demand, after winning an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy’s for Best Traditional Soul Gospel, The Blind Boys of Alabama return to Sioux Falls for a performance at the Washington Pavilion of October 1, 2005.
07/13/2006

ABC'S Good Morning America Names Mt. Rushmore Most Beautiful Spot in America

Mt. Rushmore has been named the most beautiful vacation spot in America, according to ABC's Good Morning America and AAA New York's Car and Travel magazine.
07/13/2006

Saddle Up for Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo

Broncs and bulls, blood, sweat and tears. Prepare for the excitement of the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo set for July 13-16.
07/06/2006

Mount Rushmore Fireworks Watched by Millions

An estimated 62 million viewers across the country watched as fireworks lit up America’s Shrine of Democracy at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
07/05/2006

Filming of Into the Wild to Begin

“Lights, cameras and action” will begin July 1 in Carthage when Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn begins directing his adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction book “Into the Wild.”
06/26/2006

Cabela’s Brings National Walleye Championship to Pierre

A full field of 250 boats will take to the waters of Lake Sharpe near Pierre June 23-24 for Cabela’s National Walleye Championship.
06/16/2006

The Outdoor Channel Films South Dakota

A film crew recently wrapped up filming in South Dakota for an upcoming episode of “Discovering America,” which airs on The Outdoor Channel.
06/08/2006

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Enthusiasts of the Wizard of Oz and American Indian culture will discover there is no place like Aberdeen during the 2006 Oz Festival/The Dakota Heritage June 9-10.
06/02/2006

Shift into High Gear for the Annual Black Hills Overdrive All-Car Rally

Calling all car buffs. Head to the Black Hills for the 2nd Annual Black Hills Overdrive All-Car Rally, June 9-18 and enjoy 10 fun-filled days of club rallies, organized drives and show competitions.
06/02/2006

2006 Lewis and Clark Essay Contest Winner Announced

A fourth grade student at White Lake Elementary School is the winner of the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s 2006 Lewis and Clark Essay Contest.
05/30/2006

Kick off Summer in Lake Andes

Gather the family and kick off summer with a boatload of fun at Fish Days in Lake Andes June 2-4. Spend three days in a community full of family-friendly hospitality.
05/26/2006

Tourism Partners with CVBs in See South Dakota Week

The South Dakota Office of Tourism, in partnership with 12 local convention and visitors bureaus, is encouraging South Dakotans to look in their backyard for close-to-home vacation ideas.
05/12/2006

Twenty Bucks for the Road Huge Success

Due to the tremendous response to the Office of Tourism’s “Twenty Bucks for the Road” program, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the South Dakota ethanol industry have committed additional funding resources to expand the program.
05/04/2006

Tourism Unveils Marketing Campaign

05/01/2006

Tourism Launches Travel Monitoring System

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has launched the South Dakota Travel Monitoring System (SDTMS) to report changes in the volume of travel activity occurring in the state.
04/10/2006

Lincolns 36-Year Funeral

Mount Rushmore National Memorial will host radio personality Jeff Gould on February 12, 2006, at 2 pm in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center Museum.
02/12/2006

Terry Redlin Appears on Television Show, “Outdoorsmen Adventures”

Gary Howey’s television show “Outdoorsmen Adventures” will feature an interview with Terry Redlin and footage from last year’s “Redlin Rendezvous” weekend. Tune in on Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 a.m. and Sunday, February 12 at 7:00 a.m. on Sioux Falls Fox KTTW/KTTM-TV.
02/02/2006

Tourism Working on New Group Tour Guide

The South Dakota Group Tour Planning Guide, an all-in-one tool for group tour operators, is being updated for 2007.
01/28/2006

Hollywood Does Deadwood

Hollywood Does Deadwood Preservation Thursday at the Adams Museum
01/26/2006

Tourism Leaders Recognized by Governor Rounds

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s top awards were presented to industry leaders by Gov. Mike Rounds Thursday evening.
01/19/2006

2010 Initiative Focus of Tourism Conference

Marketing strategies, hospitality, e-commerce trends and agritourism are all session topics featured during the 2006 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jan. 18-19, at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
01/17/2006

Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board Chooses Officers

George Kessler of Mina was elected president of the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board during a meeting Tuesday in Pierre. John Brockelsby of Rapid City was elected vice president.
01/17/2006

Custer State Park Offers Snowshoe Outings

Custer State Park is ready for snowy conditions, making snowshoe hikes possible during the mid- to late winter season. The park is offering three guided snowshoe hikes during the winter season, the first of which will take place on Jan. 28.
01/16/2006

Mount Rushmore Comprehensive Interpretive Plan

Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be designing and implementing a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan to guide interpretation at the memorial for the next ten years.
01/16/2006

Adams Museum & House, Inc. Announces Donation of

This rare and extensive collection of papers includes legal files, correspondence and a multitude of documents associated with the pioneer lawyer’s Deadwood practice from 1877 to 1927.
01/10/2006

Winter Marketing Campaign Underway

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has launched its winter season advertising campaign to lure winter enthusiasts to South Dakota.
01/10/2006

Facelift for Mount Rushmore Dining Room

The food service and merchandise concessioner at Mount Rushmore National Memorial has begun an extensive remodeling of the dining facilities at the Memorial.
01/06/2006

The Black Hills Yesterday and Today

The Black Hills Yesterday and Today:Re-photographing Historic Photo Sites
01/04/2006

Nothing Vanilli About This Millie

The Washington Pavilion continues the new year with its ongoing Performance Series and the presentation of another award-winning Broadway musical. Thoroughly Modern Millie comes to the Great Hall on Tuesday, January 24 at 8 p.m.
01/04/2006

Tourism Efforts Pay Dividends

Aggressive marketing contributed to increased shoulder season revenues and Web visits for the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
12/22/2005

Visitor Industry Gathers in Pierre

The 2006 South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism is set for Jan. 18-19 at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre.
12/13/2005

Tourism Announces Great Events

Four South Dakota events have been selected by the Office of Tourism for the 2006 Great Events campaign.
11/18/2005

South Dakota Welcomes Top Travel Agents

Leaders of the top 100 travel companies associated with MLT Vacations Inc.®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines Corporation, visit South Dakota Nov. 11-14.
11/09/2005

South Dakota Films Featured at Festival

American Indian and South Dakota films will be featured at the Northern Route to the Black Hills Film Festival Nov. 5. Six films will be shown at the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Aberdeen.
11/01/2005

Conference Addresses Agri-Cultural Tourism

A conference designed to foster markets for artists and specialty producers in South Dakota by developing and enhancing agri-cultural tourism networks is set for Oct. 25-26 at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma.
10/28/2005

Tourism Targets Film Industry

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is revamping the film office Web site, FilmSD.com.
10/20/2005

Buffalo Roundup Big Hit with National Media

Millions of viewers across the country saw the Old West return to South Dakota during Custer State Park’s Buffalo Roundup Oct. 3.
10/12/2005

New Television Series Features South Dakota

The first episodes of a new series airing nationally on PBS will feature stories from South Dakota.
10/05/2005

Three Voices: Speaking from the Past

Deadwood’s Adams Museum will kick off the 3rd annual South Dakota Festival of Books with Three Voices: Speaking From the Past, for its Preservation.
09/07/2005

Forest Centennial celebrated at Moon Walk

Join the Black Hills National Forest on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. for a living history presentation on Seth Bullock at Mount Roosevelt Monument near Deadwood, South Dakota.
09/07/2005

Great Events Wanted

Think your community has an event that’s great? The South Dakota Office of Tourism wants to know about it.
09/06/2005

Adams Museum & HouseSM is a 2005 AASLH Award Winner

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), based in Nashville, TN, recently announced the Adams Museum & House, Inc. is the recipient of the AASLH Certificate of Commendation for General Excellence.
09/01/2005

Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) Elect Officers

Recently organized Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) held a full membership meeting August 21, 2005 hosted by Blue Dog Framers and Gallery in Lead, South Dakota and elected the following officers and directors.

08/24/2005

Tribal YCC Program Completes Summer Projects

The Black Hills National Forest and Devil’s Tower National Monument are better off thanks to the work of 20 American Indian youth, members of the forest Tribal Youth Conservation Corps program.
08/23/2005

Record High Gas Prices to Cause No Drop Off

Despite record-high gas prices averaging more than $2.61 per gallon today, AAA expects no let up in travel for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
08/23/2005

Shoulder Season Marketing Campaign Underway

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is launching its shoulder season advertising campaign targeting family travelers, empty nesters and outdoor enthusiasts.
08/17/2005

Gary Allan Returns to the Streets of Sioux Falls

Returning to Sioux Falls to headline the 2005 Sidewalk Arts Festival Street Dance is one of country music’s hottest talents, Gary Allan.
08/16/2005

A Jammin` Good Time

Uncover the rich tradition of bluegrass music at the Oak Lake Bluegrass Jamboree, Aug. 19-21 at Oak Lake near Astoria. Musicians from across the country will share their time-honored bluegrass and gospel music talent.
08/12/2005

From the Pokey Puppy to Information Guide: Volunteers Needed!

Over 200 volunteers are needed to help with the 3rd Annual South Dakota Festival of Books on September 23-25, 2005.
08/11/2005

Raptors Featured at Moon Walk

Join the Black Hills National Forest on Saturday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation on raptors at the knife’s edge overlook near Piedmont, South Dakota.
08/10/2005

Falls Overlook Café Gets Wireless Internet Access

Sioux Falls Mayor Dave Munson announced yesterday that Qwest has provided complimentary high-speed wireless Internet service at Falls Overlook Café.
08/03/2005

New Smokey Bear Balloon Unveiled in Black Hills

A brand new Smokey Bear hot air balloon will fly at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to help focus attention on fire prevention in the Black Hills.
08/03/2005

Telling Tall Tales

Gather ‘round and grab a seat to hear some of the greatest tales ever told. Master storytellers from around the region gather for the Pierpont Storytelling Festival, Aug. 12-14, in Pierpont.
08/03/2005

Artists Expand Horizons During Wall-Badlands Art Expo

Art enthusiasts can learn from some of the country’s best artists during the Wall-Badlands Art Expo, Sept. 6-10. Set against a backdrop of the majestic, inspiring landscape of Badlands National Park, the expo features a week of workshops taught by three nationally-known artists.
07/27/2005

Adams Museum to Host Book Signing and Presentation

Local author and railroad enthusiast Rick Mills will show a video clip from Black Hills Railroads: Then and Now, a documentary he wrote the script for, and sign copies of his new book 125 Years of Black Hills Railroading on Saturday, July 30, 2005 from 1-4 p.m. at the Adams Museum.
07/20/2005

Millions View Mount Rushmore Fireworks

An estimated 27 million viewers across the country watched as fireworks lit up South Dakota’s famous faces at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
07/07/2005

Filmmakers Vie for Aberdeen Title

From Viborg to Westport and Brandon to Belle Fourche, filmmaking teams across South Dakota head to Aberdeen to compete in the 48 Hour Film Project.
07/07/2005

Tourism Seeking Nominations for Industry’s Top Awards

The South Dakota Office of Tourism is seeking nominations for the 2006 Ben Black Elk Award and the A.H. Pankow Award. The awards are presented each year at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
06/19/2005

Wild Bill Hickok Days: A true Old West adventure

Celebrate the man whose murder made the “Dead Man’s Hand” and Saloon #10 famous during Wild Bill Hickok Days in Deadwood
06/10/2005

Filmmaking Competition Headed to Aberdeen

An international filmmaking competition is coming to South Dakota July 8-10. The 48 Hour Film Project is held in 30 cities worldwide, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Aberdeen, S.D.
06/03/2005

2005 Lewis and Clark Essay Contest Winner Announced

A fourth grade student at Canistota Elementary School is the winning essayist in the South Dakota Office of Tourism’s 2005 Lewis and Clark Essay Contest.
05/20/2005

South Dakota Tourism Partners with Citibank South Dakota

The South Dakota Office of Tourism and Citibank South Dakota are partnering to host a travel planning day for Citibank’s 3,200 Sioux Falls employees. The planning day, May 12, is part of the Office of Tourism’s National Tourism Week campaign, “Explore South Dakota.”
05/06/2005

Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail Guide Available

South Dakota’s second birding trail guide is ready to help birdwatching enthusiasts find birds in the state. The Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail Guide provides a detailed look into birding southeastern South Dakota.
05/05/2005

Explore South Dakota Along a Scenic Byway

When planning a vacation this year, consider traveling a South Dakota scenic byway. Nearly 600 miles on six scenic byways represent the depth and breadth of South Dakota’s scenery, history and culture.
05/04/2005

Group Tours Important to South Dakota’s Economy

A fully loaded motorcoach, an average of 46 passengers, on a charter or tour making an overnight stop contributes an average of $5,000 to $7,500 per day to the local economy, according the American Bus Association. They eat, shop, visit attractions and sleep, all contributing to the economy.
05/04/2005

Oahe Beckons with Great Summer Fishing

Anglers heading to Lake Oahe need not be concerned about catching fish or getting their boat on the water – neither will be a worry in 2005.
05/04/2005

Tourism Partners with CVBs in “Explore South Dakota” Campaign

The South Dakota Office of Tourism, in partnership with 12 local convention and visitors bureaus, is encouraging South Dakotans to look in their backyard for close-to-home vacation ideas.
05/03/2005

Tourism Holds Customer Service Training Workshops

Rookie or veteran, everyone in the hospitality industry can benefit from a refresher course in customer service. Taking care of the customer is the focus of three upcoming training workshops for front-line employees.
04/29/2005

Travel Counselors Tour South Dakota

Forty counselors from South Dakota's 10 Interstate Information Centers tour the state April 30-May 5. The counselors represent all the Information Centers near Chamberlain, New Effington, Salem, Spearfish, Tilford, Valley Springs, Vermillion, Vivian, Wasta and Wilmot.
04/28/2005

Music Video Features South Dakota

Country music stars Big and Rich recently filmed scenes in South Dakota for the music video of their newest single, “Big Time.” The video, featuring some Deadwood residents, is airing on Country Music Television (CMT).
04/22/2005

South Dakota Tourism Launches Marketing Campaign

The South Dakota Office of Tourism has kicked off its peak season advertising campaign which features a renewed emphasis on South Dakota’s slogan, Great Faces. Great Places.
04/12/2005

Gov. Rounds Appoints Entenman to Tourism Advisory Board

Gov. Mike Rounds has appointed Jim Entenman of Sioux Falls to the 11-member Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board.
04/09/2005

Lee Greenwood to Perform at Redlin Art Center

The Redlin Art Center will sponsor an “Evening with Terry Redlin and Lee Greenwood” Aug. 6 on the center’s grounds in Watertown. Redlin will meet with fans and sign prints and collectibles. Greenwood will give a free outdoor concert followed by a fireworks finale.
03/15/2005

Romantic Getaways Available at TravelSD.com

The South Dakota Office of Tourism’s Web site is the perfect planning tool for travelers looking for a romantic interlude. TravelSD.com features intimate getaway packages in locations across the state.
02/04/2005

Prairie Project Off to a Strong Start

Mystic District Ranger Bob Thompson said crews are now actively working to implement the Prairie project near Rapid City.
01/28/2005

Visitor Industry Recognizes Tourism Leaders at Conference

Gov. Mike Rounds presented Tourism’s top awards to industry leaders Thursday at the closing banquet of the 2005 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
01/20/2005

Visitor Spending Reaches New High

Visitors to South Dakota spent $752 million in 2004 – $54 million more than the previous year.
01/19/2005

Waara Named Tourism Director

Billie Jo Waara has been named the new Director of Tourism, according to Jim Hagen, secretary, Department of Tourism and State Development.
01/18/2005

Travel Counselors Needed for Interstate Information Centers

01/14/2005