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2017 Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summits a Success!

2017 Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summits a Success!

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. Below is a look back at all events, and stay tuned for next year's Travel & Tourism dates!


Monday, October 9
The first of three 2017 Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summits, hosted by the City of Guymon, was held on October 9 at the Guymon Public Library & Arts Center. OTIA members were treated to a day of educational workshops by Kin Thompson of Northeastern State University, who spoke on “Leveraging Tourism Partnerships” (download slides here) and “Community Engagement” (also downloadable). The workshops were followed by a Town Hall Meeting with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, and then a networking reception. Click here to see pictures from the day.
 

Monday, October 23
The second Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summits, hosted by Chickasaw Country, was held on October 23 at the Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center. OTIA members were treated to a day of educational workshops by social media expert Sheila Scarborough of Tourism Currents, who had great tips on creating specific, focused social content (download presentation here) and how to spend social media marketing dollars (download here). The workshops were followed by a Town Hall Meeting with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, and then a networking reception. Click here to see pictures from the day.
 

Monday, October 30
The Tahlequah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted the third and final Lt. Governor’s Travel & Tourism Summit on October 30 at the Tahlequah Event Center. Tina Gilliland, CAE presented Halloween-themed educational workshops aimed at "Marketing on a Budget," in which she taught attendees how to attract visitors on little to no budget and build partnerships and cooperative efforts to leverage marketing dollars (presentation can be downloaded). The workshops were followed by a Town Hall Meeting with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, and then a networking reception. Click here to see pictures from the day.



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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.
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.
10.04.17
Here's something the Trump administration, congressional Democrats and Republicans and elected officials from the heartland to the coasts all agree on: There's no greater travel destination in the world than the U.S., from exceptional travel experiences to world-class meetings and conferences that drive business and grow local economies. The CEO of the U.S. Travel Association argues that America's greatness doesn't sell itself. It needs a properly funded Brand USA.

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