According to the latest Economic Impact Report from the U.S. Travel Association, South Dakota leads the nation when it comes to travel and tourism recovery, tying with Florida.
The latest recovery data from the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, from May 2021, shows that South Dakota’s and tourism economy has fully recovered from any negative impacts of the pandemic. In fact, South Dakota has exceeded 2019 levels for both visitation (+15%) and visitor spending (+9%) YTD through May.
“I want to thank South Dakota’s outstanding tourism industry for doing such an incredible job the past year as we faced the challenges of the pandemic,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “Their positive attitudes, grit, determination, and desire to do all they could to keep welcoming visitors to our state, while providing them with a safe and healthy experience, was nothing short of inspiring. I am proud of the fact that our industry has fully recovered and, according to our research data, could be on pace to have a record setting year.”
Originally Appeared On: https://drgnews.com/2021/07/09/south-dakota-leads-nation-in-travel-and-tourism-recovery/