Visit Rapid City is a non-profit destination marketing organization promoting leisure travel, special/sporting events and group travel/tours to Rapid City and the Black Hills Area.
“To market the Rapid City area as a convention and leisure destination and to promote economic growth that will enhance the area for visitors and residents."
VISIT RAPID CITY HISTORY
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 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 Rapid City Staff
You can contact Visit Rapid City by calling 1-800-487-3223 or sending an email.
President & CEO
Oversees the overall operation and administration of Visit Rapid City.
SR VP of Finance & Operations
Oversees financial and general operational strategies. Assists with management of Visit Rapid City and provides staff support.
Manager of Finance & Operations
Manages day-to-day financial, general operations and technology support. Performs administrative duties.
VP of Sales & Public Relations
Oversees the sales and servicing strategy and public relations initiatives.
Director of Tourism Sales
Manages sales and development of domestic and international travel trade business.
Director of Convention Sales
Manages sales and development of the meetings and conventions business.
Director of Sports & Events
Manages sales and development of sports and competitive events.
Manager of Destination Services
Responsible for maintaining positive experiences for visitors coming to the Rapid City area.
VP of Marketing
Oversees the brand, marketing strategy, budget and advertising efforts.
Manager of Marketing
Manages marketing projects, designs advertising materials and maintains the website.
Social Media & Content Developer
Manages social media initiatives and local public relations outreach.