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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
03.17.18
The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is an annual event that helps Oklahoma's tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. The Oklahoma Conference on Tourism is held in conjunction with the RedBud Awards.
04.10.18
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.
02.13.18
As you may be aware, the White House released its much-anticipated infrastructure proposal on February 12, which sets the stage for action on Capitol Hill. Improving and modernizing our nation's travel infrastructure is a long-held priority that U.S. Travel shares with many elected officials. A summary of the administration's proposal is available here, and an outline of several travel-related provisions can be found here.
02.08.18
The hospitality industry is the driving force in Oklahoma’s economy, generating enormous tax revenues, providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, and giving time and money back to their communities. OTIA members recently visited with legislators to show them the economic impact our industry has on the state and distributed an Oklahoma Hospitality Industry "At a Glance" leave-behind.

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