SD reports record visitor spending for 2022

Visitor spending in the state set an all-time record in 2022.

According to the annual study conducted by Tourism Economics, visitors to South Dakota spent four-point-seven-billion dollars, an increase of eight-percent over 2021. This surpasses all previous records, even exceeding 2021’s surge of travel spending that was up 30-percent over 2020.

South Dakota welcomed 14.4 million visitors last year, an increase of 0.6% over 2021.

Close to 57-thousand jobs in the state are supported by the tourism industry, which generated two-point-one-billion dollars of income for those families.

In 2022, tourism generated 361-million dollars in state & local tax revenue, an increase of sixteen million dollars over 2021. 

To view the full 2022 Tourism Economics report, visit


January 25, 2023