Tourism Numbers Increasing Through SD
During last week's 2014 Governor's Conference on Tourism, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that tourism numbers continued to increase throughout the state in 2013. Tourism spending in the state rose by an estimated $30 million compared to 2012, a 2.8 percent increase. According to Governor Daugaard, the direct impact on the state's economy is nearly $2 billion. The rise in tourism numbers came despite the spring ice storm in southeastern South Dakota, the October blizzard in the west and the temporary closure of major attractions during the partial government shutdown. Deputy Tourism Secretary Wanda Goodman joins the program and discussed the tourism numbers of 2013.