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OTIA Members Speak with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Four delegates from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association participated in this year’s Destination Capitol Hill, the U.S. Travel industry's premier legislative fly-in. The event brings travel leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C. 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.  

 

L-R: Debra Bailey, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association; Mita Bates, Ardmore Tourism Authority;
Cathy Williams-White, Edmond CVB; Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation Tourism



OTIA delegates meeting with Senator James Lankford discussing
the value of tourism in Oklahoma and nationally.


Cathy Williams-White, Edmond CVB, visits with Senator Lankford.


Mita Bates, Ardmore Tourism Authority; Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation Tourism; Cathy Williams-White, Edmond CVB; and Debra Bailey, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association meet with Senator Jim Inhofe.




What's Happening
11.07.17
Members of the OTIA will come together for Hospitality Day at the Capitol, where we will spend time speaking to legislators about issues facing our industry, and then culminate in a fabulous reception with more than 600 members and legislators at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.
11.28.17
OTIA has made it easier to apply for the RedBud Awards! You can either download the RedBud Awards application like you have in the past and submit everything in hard copy form, OR you can apply online. This annual event recognizes Oklahoma tourism attractions, destination marketing organizations, and journalists for their outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma's tourism industry. The ceremony will be held during the Oklahoma Conference on Tourism on May 15. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018.
10.30.17
OTIA was thrilled to host three amazing Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summits this year in Guymon, Sulphur, and Tahlequah. Outstanding speakers presented on a variety of topics, and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb once again joined us for the festivities. We've posted pictures from all events!
11.07.17
The travel industry added 30,000 jobs in October, a significant increase following a drop in travel employment last month due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis of Friday’s Labor Department employment report.

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