PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism announced the launch of a free South Dakota Great Finds mobile exclusive pass that highlights all areas of South Dakota.

The Great Finds pass encourages users to explore and experience the many hidden treasures found throughout South Dakota. With the pass, visitors and locals can check in at designated Great Finds locations to unlock a range of South Dakota prizes and receive discounts at participating businesses. The pass showcases more than 100 locations, including restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor activities and local parks for passholders to discover.

“This mobile experience will allow us to better highlight what truly makes up the great state of South Dakota,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the Department of Tourism. “Showcasing rural America, unexpected businesses and parks, and getting people off the beaten path to discover something new is a great opportunity, especially for rural communities.”

The pass can be accessed through and delivered to mobile devices, with no app download necessary. The program is free, and there is no cost to participate.

South Dakota Great Finds will continue to expand by adding new partners, locations and businesses from across the state, with a goal of showcasing at least one hidden gem in every community. Participating locations and businesses will be indicated as South Dakota Great Finds on and in the South Dakota Vacation Guide.

As part of this program, the Department of Tourism partnered with a technology company called Bandwango. Bandwango has successfully launched successful gamified check-in programs with destinations across the United States and Canada.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.


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Katlyn Svendsen, Global Media & Public Relations Director
South Dakota Department of Tourism
Phone: 605-773-3301
Email: [email protected]