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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
02.20.20
Our 2020 "A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception is officially back on the calendar and will be held on March 11th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Bricktown Event Center in Oklahoma City. Members of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association are excited to come together to host the Oklahoma Legislature for this annual culinary event.
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.
01.09.20
The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma’s economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. At the same time, it’s vital that we maintain good relations with legislators so that our perspective on various bills and issues is given thoughtful consideration.

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