Tourism season looks promising for the Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

Tourism season looks promising for the Black Hills

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer tourism season. And now that the weather is getting warmer, people are inching to get out and enjoy it.

The mild weather has things over at "Bear Country" looking up.

"It’s looking good right now,” said Pauline Casey, president of Bear Country. “May is always a little slow. But we're even with last year and we look forward to June and July when it gets very busy."

Stable gas prices has Old Mac Donald’s Farm owner Thane Rose singing E-I-E-I-O.

"We're expecting better than average numbers as long as fuel prices stay the same or go lower," Rose said.

Michelle Thompson, president of the Black Hills and Badlands Tourism Association, said it’s projected to be a good tourism season and some people are already getting a head start. Hotels are also looking forward to a sunny summer season.

"I’ve talked to some of our hotels and lodging facilities throughout the Black Hills and their reservations are really looking strong for this year,” Thompson said. “They are ahead of where they were last year."

Superintendent of Mount Rushmore Maureen McGee–Ballinger said she is expecting a busy summer season at the monument. She said in the last two weeks, visitation at the monument has increased dramatically. However, she won't have official numbers until end of the month.
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