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200 N. Phillips Ave, Suite 102 • Sioux Falls, SD 57104 • 605.336.1620 • 800.333.2072 • • @VisitSiouxFalls

For Immediate Release June 21, 2012

Contact Teri Schmidt, Executive Director 605.373.2030 (office) 605.366.5590 (cell)

Falls Park Visitor Information Center Shows Strong Start to Summer Visitors Sioux Falls, SD - The Falls Park Visitor Information Center, managed by the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau, reports that a higher number of visitors have come to Falls Park when compared to the same time last year. Year-to-date through June 17, 2012, 57,417 people have visited the park, while 50,114 people visited January 1, 2011 to June 17, 2011 an increase of 7,303 visitors. Visitors have the opportunity to sign an electronic guest book, but the actual count is taken as people enter the visitor center. It is estimated that approximately one-third of the people visiting Falls Park actually enters the visitor center and/or signs the guest book. Visitors who signed the guest book have come from 48 states and 28 foreign countries. Top 10 States: South Dakota Minnesota Iowa Nebraska California Missouri Wisconsin Illinois Michigan North Dakota

Top 10 Countries: Canada Germany Australia United Kingdom Brazil Norway Switzerland Netherlands Costa Rica Finland

The Falls Park Visitor Information Center is located in Downtown Sioux Falls and is attached to the five story viewing tower in Falls Park. The Visitor Center provides citywide visitor information as well as a wide variety of Sioux Falls souvenirs. For more information call 605-336-1620 or go to ### Mission: To market the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a one-of-a-kind visitor destination, and to provide premier visitor services, by attracting conventions, meetings, sports, events, leisure and business travelers to Sioux Falls in the most economic and efficient manner possible in order to positively impact the local economy.


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