Hagen says pandemic has some tourists looking at South Dakota as their potential new home  (Audio)
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August 19, 2020
Mike Tanner

PIERRE, S.D.—Its been a down year for tourism in South Dakota, but that’s the case in every state because of COVID-19.

South Dakota Tourism Department Secretary Jim Hagen (pictured) says spending and visitor numbers have been down, but the silver lining is that as summer has progressed, things have gotten progressively better…

As for travel spending…

He says the message from South Dakota tourism has been one of, “safety first”……

Hagen says inquiries are strong, and not just from people looking to vacation here. Some are looking into making a permanent, one way move to South Dakota…

Hagen says the pandemic has created a “pent up demand” for travel, some of which will carry into next summer.

 

Hear the full interview with Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen by clicking below: