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Area visitor sites honored for 'Great Service'

PIERRE — The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 129 businesses and organizations in 44 communities for their outstanding customer service efforts.

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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.”

Area businesses honored include:

Canistota: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

Chamberlain/Oacoma: Akta Lakota Museum at St. Joseph’s Indian School, Cedar Shore Resort, Oasis Inn.

Information Centers: Chamberlain, Salem, Vivian.

Lake Andes: North Point Recreation Area, Randall Creek Recreation Area.

Mitchell: Corn Palace Gift Shop, Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Platte: Buryanek Recreation Area, Platte Creek Recreation Area, Snake Creek Recreation Area.

Source: Department of Tourism