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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.




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