Jim Hagen

Get To Know South Dakota's Decision Makers

Jan 29, 2021

South Dakotans often say they want "common sense" solutions to the state's challenges. The people who represent our interests in meeting those challenges are South Dakotans themselves. This week we introduce you to some of the decision makers in our government — people with the power to “get stuff done.”  

How Jim Hagen Managed The Tourism Dept During COVID

Jan 26, 2021

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

Hagen Talks State Of SD Tourism Industry

Mar 24, 2020

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

Chris Laughery

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. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 17, 2019 Show 617 Hour 1

Each month, SDPB's Jackelyn Severin hosts Making a Living at SDPB's studios in downtown Sioux Falls. June's topic was tourism's impact on businesses and communities. Her panel included South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen, Sioux Falls business owner Nancy Savage, Sanford PREMIER Center General Manager Mike Krewson, and Teri Schmidt, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.


In The Moment ... May 23, 2019 Show 582 Hour 2

Tourism 2019 was the theme of last week's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV. Tourism is South Dakota's second largest industry. Host Stephanie Rissler recaps the program which airs Thursday nights at 8:00 Central.

Lee Strubinger

In the Moment ... May 6, 2019 Show 569 Hour 1

The 11th annual National Travel and Tourism Week is May 5-11. Travel and tourism professionals across the country are uniting to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, business and personal well-being.

Julie Jensen is president of Visit Rapid City and Jim Hagen is Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 10, 2019 Show 492 Hour 2

Jim Hagen talks about his continuing role as South Dakota's Secretary of Tourism under Governor Noem.

Tourism officials will take time during the winter months to attend shows and conferences where they'll promote South Dakota.

Hagen urges all South Dakotans to "take a vacation!"


In The Moment ... May 16, 2018 Show 338 Hour 1

You're ready for that South Dakota road trip, aren't you? We catch up with South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen for a look at the kickoff of the summer visitor season.

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In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 1

We say "Hi from South Dakota" by welcoming South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen.

Hagen has served as the Secretary of Tourism for Governor Dennis Daugaard since 2011. He joins us as we continue our look at priorities for the 2018 South Dakota legislative session.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s Secretary of Tourism says you should take Friday off. It’s National Travel and Tourism week, and state officials are seizing the opportunity to lure people away from their desks and into the wild. They also celebrate South Dakotans who promote tourism in their everyday work. 

Workers at the South Dakota Department of Tourism have a long week promoting their industry. Secretary Jim Hagen says an expectation remains: employees should use their paid time off.


In The Moment ...  April 10, 2017 Show 068 Hour 1

Katie Ceroll is the South Dakota Game Fish and Park division director for parks. The agency has announced a “pause” in the conversations about land exchanges in the state (Spearfish Canyon / Bismark Lake). Ceroll discusses how public input influenced the decision and what comes next in the collaborative conversation.

In The Moment...January 12 2017 Show 009 Hr 2

Guests: David Gilbertson, SD Supreme Court Chief Justice; Jim Hagen, SD Secretary of Tourism; SDPB's Nate Wek, talks about Detroit Lions running back Zach Zenner; Mat Hames, producer/director of What Was Ours; Jordan Dresser, co-producer of What Was Ours

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.

Tourists Spend Record Amount In SD In 2015

Jan 22, 2016
National Park Service

2015 was a record breaking year for South Dakota tourism. The industry saw all time highs in visitor spending and economic growth. Tourists spent nearly four billion dollars in the state, contributing more than two billion dollars in Gross Domestic Product to South Dakota’s economy.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has released numbers from 2014. Despite a slow start because of bad weather, tourism secretary Jim Hagen says overall the state’s tourism industry had a strong year with a growth of two-and-a-half percent, creating a nearly $2 billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. The statistics were released during last week’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Secretary Hagen joined Dakota Midday and discussed the 2o14 numbers and the "banner year" he expects for 2015.

South Dakota Department of Tourism

South Dakota’s tourism secretary Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors. The award was announced on Monday during the association’s educational seminar for tourism organizations in Louisville, Kentucky. Hagen was the first South Dakotan to receive the award since Susan Edwards in 1994. Hagen has served as South Daakota's Secretary of Tourism since his appointment by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2011.

Nate Wek / SDPB

Tourism numbers in South Dakota continues to increase throughout the state. Governor Dennis Daugaard says this year saw a nearly three percent increase in economic impact because of tourism compared to 2012 numbers. Tourism increased despite  the spring Ice Storm in southeastern South Dakota along with the October blizzard in the western part of the state.

Governor Daugaard says 2013 tourism numbers are strong. He says the direct impact on the state's economy is nearly $2 Billion. The Governor gives credit to the citizens of the state.

Pheasant Hunting And Tourism

Oct 21, 2013

Pheasant numbers are down in South Dakota this year. According to a report from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, the population is low because months of persistent drought in 2012, a cold, wet spring in 2013 and a reduction of habitat have affected pheasant brood counts.

Tourism In South Dakota Report

Jul 31, 2013

In May, state tourism officials said indications were that South Dakota would have a good summer season. There was a strong demand for vacation guides and e-newsletters and traffic on department-run websites was on the increase. South Dakota Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen talks about how the summer tourism season has gone so far. He'll also discuss the efforts to bring Chinese visitors to South Dakota and the Midwest tour of the Mount Rushmore mascots.