Interstate information centers busy

Interstate information centers busy May was busier than ever for Interstate Information Centers in South Dakota. At the 13 Information Centers along Interstates 90 and 29 in South Dakota, a record 65,516 people visited in May. That's the highest count for May on record.

"May is the beginning of the visitor season in South Dakota. Because our Information Centers drew such a crowd during the month, we are excited about this year's travel season and expect another tremendous year," said John Calvin, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.

The 27,761 cars that stopped at the Information Centers in May 2003 represents a 19.5 percent increase over May, 2002. The previous May record was set in 1996, when 26,993 cars visited the centers. The Salem-area centers had the highest combined vehicle total with 5,382. Canadian visitors were up 40.6 percent over 2002, and international visitors increased almost 8 percent over 2002.

The Department of Tourism and State Development also loans travel tapes and CDs at the Info Centers.

These offer a verbal travelogue of South Dakota. May loans increased 25 percent compared to the same period in 2002.

Call 1-800-S-DAKOTA (1-800-732-5682) to request a South Dakota Vacation Guide or visit www.travelsd.com.

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