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Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries
  • Generated $2.0 trillion in economic output, with $855.4 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.1 trillion in other industries.
  • Directly generated $129 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,060 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.
  • Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.3 billion a day, $97.6 million an hour, $1.6 million a minute and $27,125 a second.
Travel and tourism is America’s largest services export industry
  • $168.1 billion in travel exports (including traveler spending in the U.S. and international passenger fare payments to U.S. carriers) and the...
  • $118.1 billion in travel imports (including U.S. resident spending abroad and international passenger fares paid to foreign carriers) creates...
  • $45 billion in balance of travel trade surplus for the U.S.
Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers
  • Supported 14.6 million jobs, including 7.7 million directly in the travel industry and 6.9 million in other industries.
  • 1 out of every 8 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel and tourism.
  • Generated $200.9 billion in payroll for those employed directly in U.S. travel.
  • Travel is among the top 10 industries in 48 states and D.C. in terms of employment.
*Source: U.S. Travel Association
 
What's Happening
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.
11.28.17
OTIA has made it easier to apply for the RedBud Awards! You can either download the RedBud Awards application like you have in the past and submit everything in hard copy form, OR you can apply online. This annual event recognizes Oklahoma tourism attractions, destination marketing organizations, and journalists for their outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma's tourism industry. The ceremony will be held during the Oklahoma Conference on Tourism on May 15. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018.
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.

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