Plans to boost summer tourism in South Dakota

KOTA-TV | April 18, 2019

In preparation for the summer season, the state tourism department is discussing new initiatives to attract more visitors. Staff members are touring the state to talk with several travel organizations one-on-one. 2018 was a record-breaking year for South Dakota's tourism industry.14 million people visited the state spending $4 billion; its a major boost to the economy.Several organizations are trying to attract more visitors from Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit and Denver with more commercials.Plus, teams are producing ads to show in Canada, Australia, Germany and the UK. The Visit Spearfish Executive Director Mistie Caldwell says this initiative can help South Dakotans become more culturally aware.

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Traveling is always an amazing experience: living among different people and in foreign places, even if only for a few days, can be exhilarating and enriching.Nevertheless, most of us have mainly traveled with others. Be that with family, friends or colleagues; it seems easier to navigate a completely different environment when you have at least one friendly face by your side. But what about solo travel?Solo travel is, in fact, on the rise. Even more, almost half of all solo travelers are 50+ years old. Go wild, retirees! Whether you’re thinking about solo traveling or are a seasoned pro, here are some tips you should take into account:

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Traveling is always an amazing experience: living among different people and in foreign places, even if only for a few days, can be exhilarating and enriching.Nevertheless, most of us have mainly traveled with others. Be that with family, friends or colleagues; it seems easier to navigate a completely different environment when you have at least one friendly face by your side. But what about solo travel?Solo travel is, in fact, on the rise. Even more, almost half of all solo travelers are 50+ years old. Go wild, retirees! Whether you’re thinking about solo traveling or are a seasoned pro, here are some tips you should take into account:

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Reltio | September 01, 2022

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Agilysys | September 02, 2022

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