Tourism in Oklahoma at an all-time high (OK)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Plenty of people are coming to Oklahoma, and those visitors are spending money while they are here.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced that three major research studies on the impact of tourism in Oklahoma show direct travel spending reached an all-time high of $8.9 billion in 2014.

That figure makes travel and tourism the third-largest industry in the state.

“Oklahoma has experienced a tremendous growth in tourism and recreation businesses, destinations and sites which greatly enhance not only our ability to attract visitors and improve Oklahomans’ quality of life but also creates jobs and revenue for our state,” Fallin said. “The money spent at these scenic spots and recreation destinations is a boon for local communities and the state of Oklahoma.”

The studies commissioned by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department revealed that nearly 20.9 million travelers visited the state in 2014.

Visitor spending in Oklahoma generated $972 million in tax revenue, including $366 million for state government. That is a 15 percent increase over 2010.

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Source: Gov. Mary Fallin’s office

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