By Kimberly Talcott
September 29, 2016
SPEARFISH… The National Parks Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year and Black Hills State University is marking the occasion by hosting a World Tourism Day event.
BHSU will host the World Tourism Day luncheon, expo, and tourism talk Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union in Spearfish.
Globally, World Tourism Day is coordinated each year by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. This year’s theme is “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility,” highlighting disability issues in the context of travel and tourism.
Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, coordinator of World Tourism Day at BHSU, says this is the second year BHSU has hosted a World Tourism Day event.
“The significance of tourism in Black Hills and South Dakota cannot be underestimated,” said Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, also assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management at BHSU. “After the busy summer months, we’re glad to bring the industry together to discuss the social, cultural, political and economic value of making travel accessible for everyone.”
Cheryl Schrier, superintendent at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will speak at the event on the topic “National Parks and Accessibility” followed by Paralympic athlete, 2002 Winter Olympic torchbearer, and advocate Dr. Keith Barney discussing “How the ADA Helps and Hurts Accessible Travel.”
Tourism and hospitality businesses from throughout the region will then meet with BHSU students during “business speed networking” where guided questions will be provided for networking.
Other events throughout the week include an exhibition reception Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. announcing the student winners of the World Tourism Day photo contest highlighting the tourism experience in South Dakota. The competition was open to students from all South Dakota universities.
Students in the tourism and hospitality program at BHSU help to plan and organize the events.
“The Travel and Tourism Club at BHSU runs the show,” said Cahyanto. “It’s a great learning experience for them and they take great ownership and pride in this event.”
World Tourism Day at BHSU is sponsored by Black Hills State University, South Dakota Department of Tourism, Crazy Horse Memorial, LIV Hospitality, Rocky Mountain International, Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association, and the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau.