Travel Trade Resources

The SD Department of Tourism’s Global Travel and Trade team is dedicated in helping South Dakota suppliers connect with domestic and international travel trade professionals (Tour Operators, Travel Agents and Group Tour Leaders). On this page, you will find useful tools and information to enhance the way you approach the travel trade industry. If there’s any specific questions or topics that you’d like to learn more about, please contact Cole Irwin at ([email protected]).

 

Familiarization Tours

Familiarization (FAM) tours are one of the most immersive and effective forms of marketing outreach you can do. FAM tours are organized educational trips that ensure travel professionals are knowledgeable about and excited to sell your business. This webinar from the South Dakota Department of Tourism's Travel and Trade team provides you an introduction to them, along with reasons why to host and pointers to make the most of them.

 

 

Explaining Travel Trade shows

Travel trade shows offer one of the best opportunities for your business to generate sales leads, educate yourself on the newest industry trends and increase your network of connections. This webinar will help you decide which travel trade show is right for you, how to prepare and how to properly conduct your follow-up following the show. If you have further questions or concerns always feel free to reach out to the South Dakota Department of Tourism for information.   

 

 

Contracting with International Travel Trade

Are you looking to attract more international visitors to your destination? Some advantages include: they book months in advance, they typically spend more time and money on vacations and they book during weekdays. Getting international visitors to your destination is easier than you might think. This webinar will help explain the sales channels, pricing structure and how to start working with receptive operators.

 

 

CONTACT US

International (Europe, Australia)

Cole Irwin 
Global Travel & Trade Director
[email protected]
 

Travel Agents — International (China, Japan, Scandinavia)

Alexa Dorn
Global Travel & Trade Representative
[email protected]
 

Group Tour — International (Canada)

Calley Worth
Global Travel & Trade Representative
[email protected]