PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 156 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.
The Great Service Star Program is designed to identify and recognize businesses that develop and complete hospitality training programs for their staff, recognize and reward employees for offering great service, and find unique ways to show customer appreciation. Those that meet the criteria are awarded a star symbol from the Department of Tourism for use in marketing their business and visually showing visitors their commitment to “Great Service.”
“South Dakota holds a strong reputation of continually providing the best customer service to visitors to our state, which isn’t always an easy goal to reach in this day and age when customers are demanding more,” said Jim Hagen, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. “The Great Service Star program encourages the continued development of skills and techniques that make South Dakota stand apart from other states.”
Hagen said the recipients of the award have continued to provide top notch service to guests and are committed to the success of the visitor industry in South Dakota.
Businesses interested in pursuing the Great Service Star designation in the coming year are encouraged to visit http://sdvisit.com/programs/service/greatservice.asp.
The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council and the South Dakota State Historical Society. The Department is led by Secretary Jim D. Hagen.
For a listing of South Dakota businesses and organizations that have received the Great Service Star designation for 2015, go to http://www.sdvisit.com/programs/service/winners.asp. Listing is organized by community.