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Governor Signs HB 1012XX - Proposed $5 State Lodging Tax Defeated

April 10, 2018

Governor Signs HB 1012XX - Proposed $5 State Lodging Tax Defeated

Concerns and efforts of the lodging and tourism industries were heard as a proposed $5 state lodging tax was defeated in the House, Senate, and signed by Governor Mary Fallin today.  

The Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association applaud the House and Senate for approving House Bill 1012XX which repealed a proposed $5 per night lodging tax which was signed by Governor Mary Fallin.

"We applaud our legislators for listening to their hotel and tourism constituents about the effects this tax would have had on convention business in every part of our state. OH&LA and OTIA members were able to tell the story of how this proposed tax would be used in negative ways by our market competitors who are constantly attempting to recruit large convention activities away from Oklahoma to other states," said Bryan Davis, Chairman of the Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association.

OH&LA and OTIA led an effort of various travel and tourism professionals from across Oklahoma to bring the message to the legislature that hoteliers support long-overdue raises for teachers and state employees but taxing Oklahoma's growing hospitality and tourism business is not the answer and could eventually lead to less tax revenue because of lodging business lost to surrounding states.

"We can't say enough about our members' efforts to help convey what the negative impact on Oklahoma's tourism industry would have been if the tax had been included in the budget," said Jim Hopper, CEO of the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.

OH&LA and OTIA want to thank the following organizations and their members for support in defeating the lodging tax: the American Hotel & Lodging Association; Asian American Hotel Owners Association; OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau; Visit Tulsa; Oklahoma City Hotel Association; Metro Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association; and numerous other lodging and tourism organizations.

What's Happening
Dates and locations 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.
This annual Fall event is the largest trade show in the state of Oklahoma and the most important event for foodservice, hospitality, and tourism industry professionals, featuring hundreds of exhibits, an opening night party, the ever-popular ORA Culinary Cook-off, the exciting ORA Cocktail Shakedown and over 6,000 industry attendees.
Hundreds of association members recently attended an informational session on the "New Alcohol Laws Coming your Way," presented by attorney Adam Marshall with Barrow & Grimm. The 2-hour session covered the details of the new law, which goes into effect October 1. Mr. Marshall kindly shared his presentation for those who were unable to attend.
The ORA has launched its new Oklahoma Hospitality Buyers’ Guide - a valuable, easily accessible, year-round resource featuring updated and expanded supplier and product listings, in addition to other information relating to the hospitality industry. The Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers hospitality suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.

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