BLACK HILLS, BADLANDS & LAKES
On Dec. 20, 1939, Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association (BH&B) set out on a mission to solidify the Black Hills and Badlands region as a destination with so much to see and do that you just had to make a weekend out of it. That's why for the past 80 years BH&B has been dedicated to promoting the Black Hills and Badlands region—for the benefit of the communities we serve, our members and visitors.
BH&B’s board-approved strategic marketing plans increase visitor numbers, trip duration and visitor sales. These efforts ensure a healthy future for BH&B and the visitor industry as a whole.
We’re proud to be South Dakota’s oldest, largest and most vibrant private-sector tourism association. Together, our unified voice strengthens the tourism industry and maintains it as a driving economic force for our region.
Located in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, Liv Hospitality, LLC is an independent, professional hospitality management company featuring award-winning properties near some of the most captivating vacation destinations in the country.
From the largest indoor waterpark in the Dakotas to full-service gaming resorts, Liv Hotel Group specializes in the development, ownership, marketing, and management of over a dozen Black Hills hotels, resort properties, restaurants, gaming establishments, and bars in Rapid City and Deadwood, S.D.
SPEARFISH HOLIDAY INN & CONVENTION CENTER
Holiday Inn Spearfish Convention Center is in the perfect location with all your necessities and local attractions nearby. Our hotel shuttle will take you to downtown Spearfish for an afternoon of local shopping and restaurants. Experience the best of South Dakota’s Craft Beer scene with our local breweries; each with their own distinct brand and flavors. Outdoor enthusiasts love to explore DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, snowmobile in Black Hills National Forest or ski at Terry Peak. With convenient access to Interstate 90, it is easy to navigate to destinations all over the Black Hills. Day trips to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial are guest favorites, as is visiting the mysterious Devils Tower. Corporate guests find it easy to work thanks to free wireless internet and a 24-hour Business Center. If you are looking to host a meeting or event, the sales team at the Holiday Inn Spearfish Convention Center would love to assist you with all your planning needs.
Visit Rapid City was organized in July 1971. John Kolb was the first Executive Director Visit Rapid City and John Derby was the first elected chairman of Visit Rapid City. After the flood of 1972, Visit Rapid City was a great supporter of the new civic center and the first convention signed for Rapid City Civic Center was the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Visit Rapid City is an award-winning, internationally recognized destination marketing organization and has been an integral part of Black Hills tourism, promoting events such as the first Farmer’s Market in 1982, “Good Morning America” broadcasting live from Mt. Rushmore in 1986, the new “Great Faces, Great Places” Tourism Theme revealed in Pierre in 1990, the premiere of Dances with Wolves in Rapid City in 1990, President Bush dedicating Mt. Rushmore’s 50th Anniversary in 1991 and hosting the first annual Travel Writers Convention in 1993. Visit Rapid City celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011 which coincided with the new Main Street Square opening in downtown Rapid City.
Visit Spearfish, Inc. is a private, non-profit destination marketing organization whose purpose is to attract visitors from outside of the local trade area, with an emphasis on travelers who require overnight stays in Spearfish.
More specifically, Visit Spearfish markets the tourism industry in Spearfish to individuals, families, and large groups to increase the local economy by returning those revenues to other local retail and service businesses.