Pierre Dorion Tourism Award

Yankton’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking nominations for an award recognizing leaders in tourism.


“Our little river city is a mecca for travelers … it’s important we recognize those in the industry who go above and beyond for the tourists,” says Kasi Haberman, director of the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Nominations should be for an individual or organization making strides to attract new visitors to Yankton or improve their overall experience through events, media, business ventures or other means. Nominations can be submitted online by uploading here prior to February 28, 2020. Forms are also available at the Yankton Chamber, 803 E. 4th Street.


The Dorion Award is coined after our region’s first travel guide, a fur trader and interpreter to Lewis & Clark. Pierre Dorion’s knowledge of the area and the Lakota language helped dispatch a gathering of Yankton Sioux for a meeting at Calumet Bluffs. A monument to Dorion stands near his gravesite at Second and Locust in Yankton.


“I think if Pierre Dorion were in Yankton today, he’d be proud to see the way our Missouri River city continues to welcome newcomers as he did,” says Haberman. “That, I think, is why this award is so important.”


The Dorion Award will be presented at the annual Yankton Chamber Social on March 27, 2020. Last year’s winner was the joint planning committees of Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival; Yankton’s premier summer festival drawing more than 80,000 visitors annually.

Click here for the 2020 Nomination form. Please fill out the attached form and mail in, drop off or email to the Yankton Chamber of Commerce.

803 E. 4th Street, Yankton, SD 57078
visityankton@yanktsd.com

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