In South Dakota, tourism experienced a record-breaking year

Published on : Saturday, January 22, 2022

In 2021, South Dakota had a record number of visitors. As a result, South Dakota became the first state to recover to pre-pandemic levels fully, according the tourism officials.

The state Department of Tourism have explained that visitors in 2021 have spent more than $4.4 billion. This helped in generating $160 million in tax revenue for the state and $184 million for local governments.

“We have to remember that tourism is generating sales tax and other taxes that fund things like fire fighters and law enforcement and help with infrastructure,” said Jim Hagen, South Dakota secretary of tourism. “It’s an important part of our economy. Without those visitors, our economy would look really different.”

Also, tourism in South Dakota supports more than 54,000 jobs across, as per a news release from the department.
The visitor spending in South Dakota witnessed an increase of 30% from 2020, the Argus Leader reported. As per tourism official, the amount spent per trip also rose from $282 in 2020 to $323 in 2021.

“We’ve sort of turned a corner with the American traveling public. They just want to get out and travel,” Hagen said.

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