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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
03.20.20
During this unprecedented time, OTIA continues to respond to the challenges COVID-19 presents across Oklahoma's hospitality industry. We will vigorously fight for our industry and will strive to provide you with new and relevant information and resources. Check here regularly for updates and resources.
03.12.20
Members of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association joined forces on March 11, 2020 to gather for Oklahoma’s annual “A Tasteful Affair” Legislative Reception.
Oklahoma Brand Unveiled: Imagine That!
02.14.20
OTIA was honored to attend the Oklahoma State Brand Unveiling yesterday. Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell announced the new brand, including our new tagline “Imagine That!” We hope this new brand will further attract tourists and businesses to our wonderful state!
01.17.20
The nomination form for the annual RedBed Awards is now available! This event recognizes Oklahoma tourism attractions, destination marketing organizations and journalists for their outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma's tourism industry. The deadline to apply for the RedBud Awards is March 20, 2020 and the ceremony will be held during the Oklahoma Conference on Tourism on May 13.

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