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Sightseeing in South Dakota is boosted by Nomadland

RAPID CITY, SD (AP) – Tourist attractions in South Dakota starring in the Oscar-winning film Nomadland are seeing an increase in visitors.

The Reptile Gardens և Wall Drug Store, which is located on the side of the road with cowboy themes, both report a rapid decline in tourist traffic, the Rapid City Journal reported on Saturday. Both were in “Nomadland”, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.

The film follows Fern, a 60-year-old widow who lived in her van and did strange things while traveling in the American West. Badlands National Park, Wall Drug և Reptile Parks are some of the places on display.

The Wall Drug Store recorded 114% sales growth in 2019, up from 92% last year in 2020, said President Rick Hustad.

“If it increased by 10%, we would be happy, but these are extraordinary numbers,” he said. “I think we are going to have a great season.”

Hustead said the family applied for the film in 2018.

“It was amazing,” he said.

Reptile Park Coordinator Terry Philip said he spent a whole day filming with the crew. He believes that the film will promote tourism for the whole country.

“You can not go wrong with that, egg or egg,” he said.

The State Department of Tourism also expects a large number of visitors.

“Overall, what you will find is that we have definitely noticed that the film is a great inspiration for consumers,” said Kathleen Svendsen, director of global media and public relations.

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