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As part of the US Travel Association's "Destination Capitol Hill," OTIA members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Oklahoma's congressional delegate on national tourism issues. Left to Right: Cathy Williams White, Edmond CVB; Paige Williams, Chickasaw Nation Tourism; Congressman Markwayne Mullin; Brenda Granger, Oklahoma Museum Association; and Debra Bailey, OTIA.
Our advocacy specialists have influence with the Oklahoma State Legislature and the state’s many regulatory agencies, working for the good of the industry and keeping you informed of decisions being made that will affect you.
 
"I am such a firm believer in OTIA! We are a family working together to promote the richness of our state. Our education and networking provide the framework for delivering the right message to the right people at the right time. OTIA is where we learn best practices in marketing, social media, tourism development, community relations, etc. Together we have a voice in state government. As Mother Teresa said, 'I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.'"
Kin Thompson
Northeastern State University
 
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12.18.18
The nomination form for the annual RedBed Awards is now available! This event recognizes Oklahoma tourism attractions, destination marketing organizations and journalists for their outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma's tourism industry. The deadline to apply for the RedBud Awards is March 1, 2019 and the ceremony will be held during the Oklahoma Conference on Tourism on May 7.
11.05.18
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.
12.18.18
Last year more than 705 million vacation days went unused. How can we help America put those vacation days to use? By encouraging them to PLAN. Research shows that individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once and report greater levels of happiness at work and at home. Let's get Americans to commit their time off for the rest of the year at the start of the year! Oklahoma's destination have something to offer everyone!
08.22.18
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.

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