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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
05.09.19
Our annual Oklahoma Conference on Tourism & Redbud Awards was a success! These events help the tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. Click the link below to view more photos from our events!
05.08.19
The dates and featured chefs for Odyssey de Culinaire 2019 have been set! The first dinner will be Thursday, July 18 at The Bond in Tulsa, and the second dinner will be Thursday, July 25 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City. We hope to see you at one or both of these unique dinners benefitting the Oklahoma ProStart® program!
04.17.19
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association will partner with Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell to produce the 2019 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits, which will be held around the state. Each half-day program provides tourism education featuring speakers covering a range of topics on best practices to promote tourism in your region, and includes a townhall-type discussion by the Lt. Governor on tourism development in each of the areas visited around the state.
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.

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