BH Tourism Index: +11.7% | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

BH Tourism Index: +11.7%

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The October numbers are in and the Black Hills Tourism Index is continuing its torrid pace over 2014. For the calendar year to date, the tourism season is up 11.7%.

It was the tenth month in a row that the region has seen increases in overall recreational park visitors and taxable sales. Black Hills national parks saw 20,259 more recreational visits in Oct. 2015, many of those to Mount Rushmore. In 2015, there have been 547,918 more recreational visits than last year.

The BH Hotel Occupancy rate was up 7.7% for the month, which also makes it 9 out of 10 reported months that the hotel occupancy rate has been up over 2014 data. The occupancy rate is currently up 4.2% for the calendar year.

One indicator that was down for the month was the Total Deadwood Gaming Handle, which came in under October 2014 by 3.4%. This marks the third out of 10 reported months that the total handle was down – but a strong spring and late summer still has the year up 3.2%.

For more information on the BH Tourism Index and/or its calculation, please contact BH&B's Vice President of Marketing, Mike Gussiaas, by emailing or calling (605) 355-3600.