Memorial Day travel down, traveling to the Black Hills up - KOTA Territory News

Memorial Day travel down, traveling to the Black Hills up

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Memorial day weekend is known as one of the biggest weekends for travelers, this year the numbers are estimated to go down. But could this affect Black Hills Tourism?

With the economy still recovering and many Americans being forced to tighten up with money, travel is not one of the main priorities.

A small dip in Memorial Day travel is expected this year, with about a 1 percent decrease.

This one percent decrease includes 34 million travelers, down by about a million from last year.

Here in the Black Hills, tourism is a major part of the industry.

And being more affordable than some destinations, the Black Hills shouldn't be affected by this decrease in travel.

"Well all the indicators for visitation in the Black Hills reservations and things like that are up considerably" Said Skip Stanec, Information Host.

"The vacation destination here with room rates still being reasonable compared to some of your big name destinations. The Black Hills is absolutely still a great value for families." Said Nort Johnson, President and CEO of Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association.

According to TripAdvisor, national parks rank 4th in most popular summer vacations.

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