Tourism industry officials are kicking off the summer season with National Tourism Week.
It’s a week of preparation for the influx of tourists expected in South Dakota. Tourism brings in almost $4 billion dollars.
However, not everyone is convinced a tourism based economy is healthy for a community.
Tourism brings in the big bucks. It’s the second largest industry in South Dakota behind agriculture. Observers say roughly 14 million visitors come to South Dakota every year, and that number is increasing.