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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
The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is an annual event that helps Oklahoma's tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is held in conjunction with the RedBud Awards.
As you may be aware, the White House released its much-anticipated infrastructure proposal on February 12, which sets the stage for action on Capitol Hill. Improving and modernizing our nation's travel infrastructure is a long-held priority that U.S. Travel shares with many elected officials. A summary of the administration's proposal is available here, and an outline of several travel-related provisions can be found here.
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. OTIA members recently visited with legislators to show them the economic impact our industry has on the state and distributed an Oklahoma Hospitality Industry "At a Glance" leave-behind.
America’s travel industry remains strong and poised for growth in 2018. In this video message, U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow reflects on last year's successes and challenges and looks forward to key opportunities ahead.

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