Thriving tourism sector employs 95,000 Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tourism is a key job driver in Oklahoma and generates millions of dollars in revenue for the state each year.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s recent research study found that travel and tourism directly generated more than 95,000 jobs and $2 billion in payroll in 2014. That number represents a 10.4 percent increase in total jobs from 2014.

“We are confident that the travel and tourism industry in our state will continue to see growth,” said Deby Snodgrass, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. “These jobs provide great opportunity for our citizens and stretch to every corner of our state. Not only does the industry provide recreation opportunities for Oklahomans, but more importantly, it attracts visitors from the region, country and world to Oklahoma – giving them an opportunity to see our state and contribute to our economy.”

Additional highlights from the research include:

  • Tourism spending generated $972 million in local, state and federal tax revenue in 2014.
  • State tax revenues attributable to tourism spending at $366 million have increased 15 percent since 2010.
  • The Gross Domestic Product of the Oklahoma travel industry was $3.2 billion in 2014.
  • The travel industry is the third highest export-orientated industry in the state, following oil and gas, and agriculture/food processing.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

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