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Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries
  • Generated $2.3 trillion in economic output, with $990.3 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.3 trillion in other industries.
  • Directly generated $157.8 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,250 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.
  • Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $683.1 billion in 2016.
Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers
  • Supported 15.3 million jobs, including 8.6 million directly in the travel industry and 6.7 million in other industries.
  • 1 out of every 9 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.
  • Generated $248.2 billion in payroll for those employed directly in U.S. travel.
  • Travel is among the top 10 industries in 49 states and D.C. in terms of employment.
*Source: U.S. Travel Association
 
What's Happening
04.15.19
Delegates from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association met with U.S. Senator James Lankford in Washington D.C. regarding travel and tourism issues during the U.S. Travel Association's Destination Capitol Hill. The event brings travel leaders from across the country to educate policymakers about the power of travel. The program combines a legislative day on Capitol Hill with advocacy training, guest speakers and peer-to-peer networking. Destination Capitol Hill provides delegates with an opportunity to learn about upcoming legislation that impacts travel, network with peers and meet with members of Congress to stress the importance of travel as an economic driver.
02.07.19
The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is an annual event that helps Oklahoma's tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is held in conjunction with the RedBud Awards.
04.17.19
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association once again partnered with Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell to produce the 2019 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits, which were held around the state. Each half-day program provided tourism education featuring speakers covering a range of topics on best practices to promote tourism in your region, and included a townhall-type discussion by the Lt. Governor on tourism development in each of the areas visited around the state.
12.18.18
Last year more than 705 million vacation days went unused. How can we help America put those vacation days to use? By encouraging them to PLAN. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home. Let's get Americans to commit their time off for the rest of the year at the start of the year! Oklahoma's destination have something to offer everyone!

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