KOTA Territory attractions expect good 2014 tourist season - KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory attractions expect good 2014 tourist season

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KOTA Territory attractions are gearing up for the tourism season. But are they still dealing with the aftermath of the October blizzard? Those in the tourism industry say they are not worried, and they expect another banner season.

While it isn't peak tourism season yet, people still are visiting Custer State Park. Sue and Jim Pfeister live in Iowa and they say they love this park. 

"I think it is one of the best state parks we've been in. They really do a nice job," said Sue Pfeister.

Right now one campground is open at Custer State Park. And damaged trees and debris from the October blizzard have been removed.  

"The campgrounds themselves, we've got them all cleaned up from the storm damage that happened last October," said Craig Pugsley, Visitor Services Coordinator at Custer State Park.

Pugsley says last year was a record setting year, and he expects numbers to be good this year as well.  

"Our reservations are running ahead of last year at this time. So that is all good news," said Pugsley.

At Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association, Mike Gussiaas, Vice President of Marketing, says they are gearing up for the tourism season with a marketing campaign aimed to attract families to the area.  

"This really is a great family destination just because of all of our natural offerings that we have here," said Gussiaas.

Gussiaas says he's not worried about the tourism season this year.  

"All the indicators right now for us are really looking that it's going to be pretty well on par with 2013. 2012, 2013 have been good years for the industry as a whole," said Gussiaas.

Gussiaas says the October blizzard won't have much of an impact on tourism.  

"As far as having a damper on what we are looking for this year, I think it's been long enough now and things have been taking care, and now it's just hoping for good weather," he said.

It's projected to be a good tourism season and some people like the Pfeisters are already getting a head start.

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