RAPID CITY, SD
South Dakota's tourism secretary says flooding along the Missouri River probably led to weak tourist numbers this past summer.
Jim Hagen says national media reports on the flooding may have misled many potential visitors and scared many away. He says high gasoline prices also likely contributed.
But officials say they are optimistic about the future prospects for visitors flocking to South Dakota.
Black Hills tourism business leaders met with state tourism officials Monday for an industry research and marketing meeting in Rapid City.
Hagen says he hopes that new tactics being developed will bring South Dakota and the Black Hills back into positive focus.