Information centers see another record month Visitation at South Dakota's Interstate Information Centers continues to grow.
In June, 77,505 travel parties registered at the information centers, making it the best June on record. That figure equals 207,000 people. June 2003 visitation increased 11.63 percent over the same period in 2002.
"June continued a wave of high visitation at our information centers," said John Calvin, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "We are excited to see numbers like these and expect the remainder of the peak travel season to be just as busy. Moreover, the internal ongoing support by Gov. Mike Rounds is being felt throughout our entire South Dakota visitor industry."
The information centers near Salem recorded 15,564 vehicles. The Lewis and Clark Information Center near Chamberlain had 13,203 cars while the Vermillion center saw 9,582 cars. June also marked an 11.7 percent increase in Canadian travel and an 8.9 percent increase in all other international travel over 2002.
The 2003 Independence Day holiday also brought an increase in visitation. From July 3 through 6, visitation at interstate information centers was up 29 percent over 2002, accounting for 13,064 parties. In the same period last year, that number was 10,119. The Lewis and Clark Information Center near Chamberlain had the highest increase with 87 percent, while the centers near Vivian and Salem had increases of 66 and 39 percent, respectively. Of all the centers, seven saw an increase for those dates.