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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
Dates have been announced for this fall's Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits. OTIA has partnered with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb to produce these events, which are held around the state.
U.S. Travel is pleased to announce the release of the Economic Review of Travel in America, 2017 Edition—an annual report offering a broad review of the 2016 economic year in travel. As a U.S. Travel member, you have access to the executive summary and can purchase the full report at the discounted member rate.
The Destination Disaster Recovery Fund works in conjunction with partnerships established with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Texas Travel Industry Association, adding national support for their regional efforts.
Workers whose first jobs are in travel and tourism go on to earn more than their peers in many other industries, according to a new report from the U.S. Travel Association.

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