The official e-newsletter of the Sioux Falls Convention & 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.
19 Incredible Things to Do in Sioux Falls
School is out and the weather is heating up. That can only mean one thing – summer is here! Well, technically not yet, but we all know the summer season should start once we hit June, but that’s a debate for another time. So, whether you have kids to entertain or you’re wanting to explore the city for yourself, there are plenty of both outdoor and indoor experiences to enjoy this summer. We put together a list of 19 incredible things to do in Sioux Falls, and while there are so many more to mention than just 19 these are a few of our favorites.
- Milkshakes at the Diner
Order one of the fantastic milkshakes at the Phillips Avenue Diner, such as their Chocomint Crunch, S’mores, or Whatchamaycallit. There’s just something about enjoying a milkshake at a retro diner that gives you a nostalgic feeling.
Admire the amazing works of art that make up SculptureWalk in Downtown Sioux Falls. You’ll see sculptures along the sidewalks everywhere you look!
- Touch a Stingray
Make time to stop at the Butterfly House & Aquarium where you can touch a stingray in their Shark & Stingray Touch Pool. In the Butterfly House you can walk among hundreds of butterflies in a tranquil atmosphere.
- Try Something New at The Outdoor Campus
Partake in one of the many free classes offered at The Outdoor Campus such as archery, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and much more!
- Brewery Tour
Make a stop at each of our breweries (Fernson, Hydra, Miner, Monks House of Ale Repute, Remedy, WoodGrain) to enjoy some local craft beer! Each offers something unique for every palate.
The CVB partnered with 605 Creative Co. to produce a new video that they recently released. The video features a Sioux Falls native, who now lives in Seattle, that returned to experience the city and see the many changes that have taken place since her last visit. If you missed it on Facebook, share it with your friends! See the video.
Visitor Industry Awards & CVB Annual Report
In case you missed it, the CVB handed out their Visitor Industry Awards during their annual Visitor Industry Luncheon last month as they wrapped up National Travel and Tourism Week.
- First Impressions Award: Tyler Larson, Holiday Inn City Centre
- Business Award: The Outdoor Campus
- Heart of the City: Mike Cooper (Ret.), City of Sioux Falls
The CVB also released their 2018 Annual Report, which includes stats on marketing, sales, economic impact and more. View the full report.
Communities around the state celebrated 605 Day yesterday to get people excited about the many great offerings South Dakota has. Our state is one of only 12 states that have just one area code, so June 5th was naturally chosen as the annual date to celebrate 605 Day. The CVB joined in on the fun at Fernson Downtown along with 605 Magazine to greet everyone that stopped by. Guests received a free beer sampling, a Sioux Falls t-shirt, and various other South Dakota branded materials.
TripAdvisor is rolling out new updates to its platform that encourage more of a social sharing setting. Businesses can post relevant articles, photos, videos and more to their timeline for followers to see. We encourage you to set-up your own TripAdvisor account if you don’t already have one for your place of business if it applies. See the new updates.
CVB Video Receives Addy Award
Click Rain produced a video last year for the CVB about local artist, Shaine Schroeder, creating the mural at PAve. This video was widely popular on social media amongst the Sioux Falls community. This video was submitted for an Addy Award and it received the Silver Addy Award for Branded Content & Entertainment For Online Film, Video & Sound. Watch the video.
Bring Your Meeting Home
To try to acquire new leads, the CVB has started a “Bring Your Meeting Home” campaign incentivizing members in the community to submit the name of a group, organization, or business that might be a good fit for a future meeting or event in Sioux Falls. Submitting the leads earns an entry to win a monthly drawing for a $25 Visa gift card. Andrew Peschong with Toastmasters was randomly selected as the first winner. There will be four additional winners that will be selected at the end of each month through September.
Do you know of a lead that you would like the CVB to pursue? Submit it through our form to be entered to win one of the $25 Visa gift cards, and we’ll do the work from there.
NAFSA Site Visit
Last month the CVB hosted two meeting planners representing NAFSA: Association of International Educators for three days. The meeting planners that were in Sioux Falls are based out of Washington, D.C., and they plan all NAFSA events. They are currently searching for a destination to host the NAFSA Region IV 2022 Conference, which will include the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. During their stay in Sioux Falls the CVB took the two meeting planners to tour hotels, visit attractions, and explore the culinary scene. Time was also carved out for the meeting planners to explore the city on their own.
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