The official e-newsletter of Experience Sioux Falls (formerly the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.)

Welcome to The Visitor Beat - a monthly look inside the Sioux Falls visitor industry. We will share recent industry news, show you what we are working on and introduce you to some of the faces that make our city truly the heart of America. Please let us know if your organization has news to share. 

Staycation Packages

As part of SPARK Sioux Falls' "Get Out There" campaign, Experience Sioux Falls, in conjunction with the City of Sioux Falls, Forward Sioux Falls, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, have created travel packages on Experience Sioux Falls’ website. These packages are intended for both travelers to Sioux Falls and for the local residents who want a staycation for a little escape from their home.

The travel packages feature a hotel stay, along with gift cards to local restaurants, passes to attractions, and more. Look through the complete collection of travel packages and start planning your staycation.

South Dakota Virtual Press Trip

Last month, Experience Sioux Falls participated in a virtual press trip organized by the South Dakota Department of Tourism. The virtual press trip, which was conducted on Zoom, featured multiple destinations and attractions throughout South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Spearfish, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse and more. A representative from each South Dakota partner was allowed five minutes to give their pitch to 28 journalists from a variety of publications. The journalists were all very pleased and surprised to learn about the many great places in South Dakota. Experience Sioux Falls will be sharing published content on their social media channels that resulted from this virtual press trip.

National Show Moved to Sioux Falls

Last week, the American Maine-Anjou and Chianina Association held their 2020 National Junior Show at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. Their show was originally scheduled to be held in Ohio, but they were forced to leave due to state government restrictions regarding COVID-19. There were 500 participants present at the National Junior Show. COVID-19 event guidelines were put in place that included masks and hand sanitizer available, as well as extra hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility, staggered check-ins and more.

The American Maine-Anjou Association (AMAA) is a registered cattle association based out of Platte City, MO. The primary function of AMAA is to provide quality service, support, and knowledge to its membership by promoting Maine-Anjou genetics and upholding the integrity of the membership.

Free Attractions & Activities

Amidst a tough economic year, we know that travelers have a very tight budget, so we want to help take some of the stress out. There is plenty of family fun to be had in Sioux Falls at one of our many free attractions and activities such as museums, cultural exploration, and an abundance of outdoor recreation.

Sioux Falls Free Attractions and Activities

USA Softball National Championship Coming to Sioux Falls

The USA Fast Pitch Girls’ Class A 18U National Championship as well as the USA Class A 16U Girls’ Northern National Championship will be held at Sherman Park July 20-26. The Championships, which are being organized by Sioux Falls People for Youth, will see teams from across the country travel here to compete, including teams from as far away as Florida, Nevada, and Pennsylvania to name a few.

NSIC / Sanford Health Basketball Tournaments

Athletic administrators of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) agreed to an extension that keeps the conference’s Sanford Health Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments in Sioux Falls for the next two years. The games will continue to be played at the Sanford Pentagon, which has hosted the tournaments since 2014.

Read the full press release.

New Hospitality Recognition Programs

The South Dakota Department of Tourism launched two new hospitality recognition programs: the South Dakota Great Face Program and the South Dakota Great Place Program.

The South Dakota Great Face Program recognizes individuals who go the extra mile for their customers and community. These are people whose exceptional service is constantly being talked about by customers.

The South Dakota Great Place Program is a designation for businesses that put hospitality at the forefront of all they do by providing guests with exceptional service. These are businesses that are constantly innovating ways to make their guests more comfortable and their communities more vibrant.

Summer Slam to Be Held This Month

Adrenaline Volleyball will host their Summer Slam July 27-28. The Sanford Pentagon will see some of the area’s top high school volleyball teams competing against each other in a South Dakota vs out-of-state format. Nearly 50 teams will be present for the two-day tournament, including teams from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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