BHSU to host World Tourism Days expo

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, September 16, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Jim Hagen






           Florian Herrmann



Black Hills State University is celebrating the vital role tourism plays in South Dakota and throughout the world during a special World Tourism Days celebration next week.

World Tourism Days at BHSU are Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 27. A variety of activities are scheduled that educate and showcase tourism in Spearfish and South Dakota, including a special luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 23 featuring keynote speaker Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.  

The World Tourism Days theme is "One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities," which highlights the contribution of the tourism industry in developing opportunities not only around the world, but locally in the Black Hills region.

Tourism in South Dakota is a $1.99 billion industry, according to Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality at BHSU and World Tourism Days coordinator.

"That&rsquos a big number," Cahyanto said. "Tourism plays such a large role."

Events on Wednesday, Sept. 23 begin at 10 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room, with the tourism and business expo in the BHSU Student Union. A lunch presentation is from 12 to 1:30 p.m., also in the Jacket Legacy Room. The cost of lunch is $10. During lunch, Hagen will give an update on the current trends in South Dakota tourism. In addition to Hagen&rsquos address, the winners of the BHSU World Tourism Days Photo Contest will be honored.  

Following lunch at 2 p.m., Florian Herrmann, CEO and founder of HMS Global, will present research on international travelers. Long distance vacations are a fast-growing trend, Cahyanto said, and the Black Hills draws a large number of global tourists. Herrmann&rsquos presentation will touch on international travelers&rsquo cultural habits and how those in the local tourism industry can build strong relationships with those travelers.

The day will end at the Termesphere Gallery in Spearfish. Local artist and BHSU alum Dick Termes will hold an open house and art talk at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The Termesphere is a key attraction in the Spearfish community, Cahyanto said, and he hopes to highlight the gallery&rsquos success in the tourism industry.

Other activities will be held on campus throughout the week, celebrating tourism in South Dakota. The College Outdoor Leadership Program will hold rock climbing and fly fishing workshops and Cahyanto will be the featured Geek Speak lecturer, explaining a new, unique trend in tourism.

World Tourism Days events round off with a trip to the Buffalo Roundup in Custer National Park and Harvest Fest in downtown Spearfish.

For a full schedule of World Tourism Day events or to register for the luncheon, visit

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