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Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries
  • Generated $2.3 trillion in economic output, with $990.3 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.3 trillion in other industries.
  • Directly generated $157.8 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,250 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.
  • Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $683.1 billion in 2016.
Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers
  • Supported 15.3 million jobs, including 8.6 million directly in the travel industry and 6.7 million in other industries.
  • 1 out of every 9 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.
  • Generated $248.2 billion in payroll for those employed directly in U.S. travel.
  • Travel is among the top 10 industries in 49 states and D.C. in terms of employment.
*Source: U.S. Travel Association
 
What's Happening
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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