Tourism Department presents annual industry awards

Jan. 20, 2023

Men and women, organizations and communities have been honored for their dedication to the customer marketplace with once-a-year awards from the South Dakota Division of Tourism.

The Rooster Hurry Cacklin’ Group Award was offered to the community of Miller for likely over and further than to make in-state and out-of-condition hunters really feel welcomed. Miller hosted activities and giveaways that entertained hunters, engaged company house owners and boosted the community’s economy.

In its second 12 months, the Governor’s Tourism Increasing Star Award was offered to Shelby Solano with Pay a visit to Fast Metropolis. This award recognizes an specific who has worked in the tourism sector for two to 4 yrs and is excelling in their career and whose function is demonstrating a vivid long run in the tourism sector.

The Ruth Ziolkowski Excellent Hospitality & Shopper Assistance Award is supplied yearly to four field users, each and every symbolizing just one of the 4 tourism locations in South Dakota.

This award recognizes tourism market specialists who present exceptional provider to visitors and whose do the job demonstrates an exceptional spirit of hospitality. These awards were being offered to Ann Thompson with Cost-effective Adventures in Immediate City, Lisa Marotz with McCrory Gardens in Brookings, Lori Owens with Drifters Bar and Grille in Fort Pierre and Troy Magnuson with the Mitchell Space Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s individuals like these that are the basis and upcoming of tourism in South Dakota,” stated Jim Hagen, secretary of the Section of Tourism. “Their enthusiasm, travel and management are what make South Dakota’s hospitality 2nd to none.”

The Peter Norbeck Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award was given to the neighborhood of Freeman and the South Dakota Chislic Pageant. This award represents an business husband or wife for revolutionary considering in generating its vacation spot, small business, event or attraction even a lot more pleasing to readers.

“What started off as a compact competition to celebrate South Dakota and its cultural heritage has develop into a enormous achievements,” Hagen stated. “The function has garnered condition, regional and countrywide focus, rising in sizing just about every year and drawing guests to the tiny group of Freeman to encounter our state’s formal foods: chislic.”

The A.H. Pankow Award recognizes a representative of the media for demonstrating superior curiosity in and protection of South Dakota’s tourism industry. This year’s award went to KELO-Television set chief photographer Kevin Kjergaard. He been given the award for his passion and expertise of wildlife videography. Kjergaard’s function has been featured on the CBS News “Sunday Morning” section “Do Practically nothing for Two Minutes” 14 moments.

The Shady Relaxation Motel in Custer took residence the George S. Mickelson Award. This award honors companies, communities or businesses that exceed visitors’ purchaser company anticipations. All entrants need to be a South Dakota Wonderful Put designation to be qualified for this award. Shady Rest Motel was acknowledged as a should-keep prevent, highlighting staff members friendliness and the cleanliness of the assets.

The Ben Black Elk Award is a prestigious honor recognizing an unique who will make excellent contributions to the state’s visitor business. This year’s award was given posthumously to Julie Schmitz Jensen, who died in 2022.

“Most of us realized Julie for her amazing impression on the tourism business as the govt director of Stop by Immediate Metropolis,” Hagen reported. “Her involvement in the community and our business was substantial. Even though Julie has left this daily life, her legacy and impression will live on for generations.”

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