Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the tourism industry's impact on South Dakota's economy increased by 2.8 percent last year despite spring and fall blizzards and a federal government shutdown that closed Mount Rushmore for about two weeks.
Daugaard says tourism's overall economic impact in 2013 was nearly $2 billion. He says South Dakota's tourism industry directly generated nearly 28,000 jobs.
The governor also says the number of visitors to South Dakota was up more than 3 percent from a year earlier.
State Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen says the increase in tourism is partly due to the state's aggressive advertising campaign in nearby states. He says South Dakota also is getting more visitors from other nations.
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