PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders January 21 at the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.
For the first time, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota was recognized for its marketing efforts by the South Dakota visitor industry. The Museum received the Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award, which honors an industry partner for thinking “outside the box” when it comes to promoting their business, organization or destination.
The award was given in recognition for outstanding destination marketing promoting South Dakota’s visitor industry.
“Randy Grimsley and the team at the Children’s Museum are continuously innovating in order to increase repeat visitation and attract new visitors,” the Governor said.
“It feels great to have the state’s tourist attractions, Tourism Board of Directors, the Tourism Department, and the Governor recognize our efforts,” the Museum’s Director of Marketing Grimsley said. “Not only does the Museum receive such positive attention, but it brings a spotlight to our area as well.”
“This is a wonderful recognition for our museum. It’s been an inspiring year celebrating our increased attendance, welcoming our half millionth guest, and offering some unique and innovative opportunities for our visitors,” Executive Director Kate Treiber said. “It’s an honor to be recognized in this way by Governor Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism.”