Jim Hagen Named State Tourism Director of the Year
|Jim Hagen, |
Sourth Dakota Secretary of Tourism
On Monday, Hagen won the "Outstanding State Tourism Director" award in front of more than 600 of his peers at the ESTO conference in Louisville, KY.
"South Dakota understands that travel dollars are an essential contributor to the state economy," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "The competitive tourism marketplace demands that states invest in effective, efficient promotion, and this award demonstrates that Jim Hagen is running a program that has the highest respect of his peers."
Hagen is the first South Dakotan to receive the award in the last 20 years (Susan Edwards, 1994). We’re fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and driven leader for our Tourism Department. Congratulations, Jim!