Tourism numbers in the state continue to increase - KOTA Territory News

Tourism numbers in the state continue to increase

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Good news for the South Dakota economy -  Governor Dennis Daugaard held a press conference Thursday saying tourism numbers are up.

In fact, they're up almost three percent from 2012.

Tourism's direct impact on South Dakota's economy was $1.98 billion last year, up from $1.95 billion in 2012.

Overall visitation was up 3.1 percent. The 2013 figures are from a new report by IHS Global Insight.

Another promising statistic shows there were more tour buses carrying foreign visitors, which is up 38 percent - proving that marketing outside the United States is working.

There were more than 27,000 jobs directly generated by the tourism industry in South Dakota, which equates to one out of 11 people in the state with jobs that depend on travel and tourism.

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