Department of Tourism

How Jim Hagen Managed The Tourism Dept During COVID

21 hours ago

In The Moment … January 26th, 2021 Show 978 Hour 2

News Special: Rep Johnson & COVID-19 In Huron

Mar 24, 2020

Congressman Dusty Johnson joins us today for an update on Congressional efforts to blunt the impact of the coronavirus in the U.S., we hear from Huron, the largest city in Beadle County, which currently has more coronavirus cases than any other county in South Dakota, The Secretary of South Dakota's Department of Tourism joins us for a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and arts industry, and much more in this "In the Moment" news special. 

Hagen Talks State Of SD Tourism Industry

Mar 24, 2020

In The Moment ... March 24, 2020 Show 780 Hour 2

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is shifting its advertising approach in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism is the number two industry in the state. The virus could have an impact on the state’s bottom line.

The Department of Tourism is pulling back on its marketing spending and messaging. Messages are still going out to major markets, but are moving away from calls to action advertisements, for the time being. Those are ads encouraging people to book their vacation right now.

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In The Moment ... September 3, 2019 Show 650 Hour 2

Recently, the South Dakota Department of Tourism received a marketing award at a national tourism conference in Austin, Texas. The Great Faces, Great Places campaign received the Mercury Award for Printed Collateral.

South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen returns to In The Moment to expand on the honor - and on tourism in the state. 

It was a record-breaking year for visitor spending in South Dakota. SD Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen explains the numbers, what the revenue means for the average citizen, and why, when it comes to tourism marketing, it's good to be unafraid to fail.

South Dakota Welcomes Bikers

Aug 4, 2015

The 75th annual Sturgis Rally is in full swing, and South Dakota rolled out the red carpet, but not how you’d think. Information Centers across the state get ready for Sturgis every year, because the rest stops could be the first contact visitors have with South Dakotans.

This sound can be heard throughout the state this week. Bikers from around the country are flocking to South Dakota. If you’re in South Dakota . . . the Sturgis Rally is hard to escape. Take the folks at an interstate rest stop . . . 420 miles outside Sturgis.

“My name is Curtis.”