Fast Facts About the South Dakota Tourism Industry

 

2020 Fast Facts

  • 12.6 million visitors traveled to and within South Dakota.
  • Visitors spent $3.4 billion, a decrease of -18% from 2019.
  • GDP reached $2.6 billion, making up 4.7% of the state’s economy.
  • Tourism activity generated 11% of all state sales tax collections.
  • Tourism activity generated $276 million in state and local tax revenue.
  • 49,500 jobs were supported by tourism activity.
  • Without the tourism industry, each SD household would pay an additional $780 in taxes.

source: Economic Impact of Tourism in South Dakota, 2020 / Tourism Economics

 

2019 Fast Facts

  • 14.5 million visitors traveled to and within South Dakota.
  • Visitor spending increased 2.8% reaching $4.1 billion.
  • GDP reached $2.75 billion, making up 5.2% of the state’s economy.
  • Tourism activity generated $308 million in state and local tax revenue.
  • Tourism activity generated 11% of all state sales tax collections.
  • 55,000 jobs were supported by tourism activity.
  • Without the tourism industry, each SD household would pay an additional $890 in taxes.

source: Economic Impact of Tourism in South Dakota, 2019 / Tourism Economics

 

2018 Fast Facts

  • 14.1 million visitors traveled to and within South Dakota.
  • Visitor spending increased 2.5% reaching $3.98 billion.
  • GDP reached $2.66 billion, making up 5.2% of the state’s economy.
  • Tourism activity generated 15% of all state and local tax revenue.
  • Tourism activity generated $298 million in state and local tax revenue.
  • 54,723 jobs were supported by tourism activity.
  • Without the tourism industry, each SD household would pay an additional $865 in taxes.

source: Economic Impact of Tourism in South Dakota, 2018 / Tourism Economics

 

2017 Fast Facts

  • 13.9 million visitors traveled to and within South Dakota.
  • Visitor spending increased 1.2% reaching $3.88 billion.
  • GDP reached $2.59 billion, making up 3.2% of the state’s economy.
  • Tourism activity generated 15% of all state and local tax revenue.
  • Tourism activity generated $291 million in state and local tax revenue.
  • 53,894 jobs were supported by tourism activity.
  • Without the tourism industry, each SD household would pay an additional $871 in taxes.

source: Economic Impact of Tourism in South Dakota, 2017 / Tourism Economics