South Dakota Businesses and Tourism Officials Say Tourist Season in 2015 is Growing

South-DakotaIt’s a good tourism year for South Dakota. The tourism industry is on the rise, thanks to the lower oil prices, good weather and landmark events like the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the 50th Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup.

All over the state, officials and different businesses say that the year is shaping up to be a great one for tourism, which is one of the main industries for the state which earned approximately $2 billion for South Dakota last year.

Some of the local businesses opine that this year has been one of their peak years in the past ten years.

Rapid City’s, Reptile Gardens has been there for almost eighty years, it’s President and CEO Joe Maierhauser said that they have seen better business in the 90’s but in the last ten years, this year has proved to be a great one. He said that it shows people are recovering some cash as the economy becomes stronger.

Maierhauser says, “It’s certainly tourism in this area is our biggest industry or one of the biggest, one of the top two at any rate, so I mean it all extends on down for the restaurants and car dealers and everything. If we do better, everybody does better.”