OKLAHOMA CITY – The Choctaw Nation and the State of Oklahoma have reached an agreement in which the Choctaw Nation has assumed operation of the state’s tourism information center located in Colbert, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has announced. The center is located off Highway 69/75, just north of the Oklahoma-Texas border. The Choctaw Nation retains operation of the facility under a five-year contract the tribe signed with the state.

“We are appreciative to the Choctaw Nation for their enthusiasm to partner with the state of Oklahoma,” said OTRD Executive Director Deby Snodgrass. “This partnership allows us to focus additional resources towards promoting Oklahoma as a tourism destination.”

It is estimated that OTRD will save approximately $200,000 annually for the agency with the transfer of the center’s operation. Employees of the Colbert Tourism Information Center have accepted positions with the Choctaw Nation and will remain in their current jobs. The center will continue to offer the same services and promote the state as a travel and tourism destination.

“The Choctaw Nation looks forward to welcoming visitors to southeast Oklahoma at the Colbert Tourism Information Center,” Chief Gregory E. Pyle said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share the rich culture and heritage of this region. We also want to show travelers the fun tourism prospects that Oklahoma has to offer. The information center at Colbert will continue to have the amazing guest services it is known for and will also feature a gift shop with Choctaw and Oklahoma items.”

The tourism information center offers numerous maps, brochures and tourism information about Oklahoma. The center operates daily with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.