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A Big Summer For Sioux Falls Tourism

May 28, 2012, 9:37 AM by Kellee Azar

A Big Summer For Sioux Falls Tourism

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and many are planning their vacation plans for the rest of the season. The City of Sioux Falls is already showing visitors that it's the perfect vacation destination.

Every year Sioux Falls puts its time and energy into making sure it has some of the best events to offer its visitors and this year is no different.

With the uncertainty surrounding gas prices, the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau has spent months preparing for the summer travel season.

"You know, a little earlier in the spring when we got a little higher with gas, we were a little nervous thinking 'uh oh, here we go.' But now they have come down a little bit, our visitor request numbers are great so our momentum is really picking up.  So we are really, really hopeful at this point," Executive Director of Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Terri Ellis Schmidt said.

No matter what the outcome, Schmidt says the city is eager to greet its guests.

"I think the state and Sioux Falls is really revved up for tourism. We are really ready for it.  The red carpet is rolled out. You know, tourism in South Dakota, it's really big, big business," Ellis-Schmidt said.

With big events and attractions such as the Sioux Falls Airshow with the Blue Angels, JazzFest and the Sculpture Walk, Schmidt hopes that will be enough to draw more people to southeastern KELOLAND.

"I really think the Blue Angels will draw in people from around the region and perhaps even some nationally will plan events to come to Sioux Falls around the air show.  So I think it's going to be a big plus," Ellis-Schmidt said.

Featured events like these are ones tourists say bring them in.  But some believe there's more to the City of Sioux Falls.

"There has to be some kind of featured item that people want to go see and do I don't know if Sioux Falls has one particular item but they have a lifestyle here," Mike Sherman of North Dakota said.

And no matter how high gas prices may climb, the city believes it has something for everyone.

"We are a major small city and an area that people will drive into.  Even if the gas prices go up, they will say we won't go on a ten-day vacation but we will go to Sioux Falls for three or four days.  So that's a plus for us," Ellis-Schmidt said.

For more information on this summer's events head over to the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau's website.

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