- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials say more than 14 million people visited South Dakota last year, marking the tenth consecutive year of growth for the state tourism industry.

The Department of Tourism said 2019 saw a record level of visitors, spending and economic impact. The number of visitors increased by about 3% from the prior year.

Visitors spent about $4 billion, accounting for 5.2% of the state’s economy, according to the department’s annual report.

Officials say more than 55,000 jobs are supported by the tourism industry or 8.8% of all South Dakota jobs. ,

The majority of tourists, or 10.7 million, visited South Dakota’s state and national parks, which include the Black Hills National Forest.



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