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Governor hopefuls talk on tourism, development

Published 10/28/2010, The Daily Republic

Heidepriem: All areas of state ripe for travel industry
Scott Heidepriem said as governor he would promote tourism in all areas of South Dakota, not just the Black Hills. “Too often on tourism, our focus is too Mount Rushmore-centric,” the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said during a telephone interview Wednesday. “There are all sort of fantastic things to see and do in South Dakota,” he said. “Mitchell is probably the perfect example.” Heidepriem said the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village’s archeodome, the Corn Palace and other attractions make Mitchell an attractive place for tourists. The state should do more to lure visitors, he said. “We will do a better job of promoting the wonderful regions and destinations all around South Dakota,” Heidepriem said. He said American Indian reservations and areas should also be natural draws for people. Many people from western Europe are fascinated by the Old West and Native American history, Heidepriem said, and more should be done to encourage them to visit South Dakota.

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