Cultural Heritage Tourism
Cultural heritage tourism is important to the overall tourism and economic development of South Dakota. What do heritage tourism and historic preservation have to do with one another? Mandela Research found in a recent study that the majority of travelers (118.3 million adults a year) "seek travel experiences where the destination, its buildings and surroundings have retained their historic character."
The Central South Dakota Heritage Tourism Education Program was created to enhance and promote cultural heritage tourism in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area. It is our hope that it will serve as a model for other communities interested in expanding or starting their own heritage tourism projects.