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Oklahoma Celebrates National Tourism Week
By Lindsay Vidrine
Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department
May 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lindsay Vidrine
Oklahoma Celebrates National Tourism Week
Oklahoma City – In recognition of the 28th annual National Tourism Week (May 7-15, 2011), the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is launching a special road trip section on TravelOK.com and hosting events at Tourism Information Centers across the state.
“From our ecologically diverse landscape to our outstanding attractions, Oklahoma offers affordable and memorable travel options,” said Deby Snodgrass, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “Our new road trips section on TravelOK.com allows travelers to find vacation inspiration as well as trip planning tools that are just right for them.”
TravelOK.com/Roadtrips showcases nearly 30 different road trip itineraries from around the state, highlighting everything from motorcycle treks to kid friendly destinations. These itineraries are a wonderful way to discover new destinations ranging from iconic landmarks, like along Route 66, as well as a few surprises.
Many of the Tourism Information Centers have planned celebrations in honor of National Tourism Week. Activities range from door prizes to planting trees and flowers to giving away hotdogs and sodas. Details on locations and events are attached below. Oklahoma’s celebration is part of a larger effort led by the U.S. Travel Association with rallies in cities and states nationwide that emphasize the economic benefits that tourism brings to local workers and communities.
“Tourism is big business for Oklahoma, generating $6.3 billion for the state’s economy and employing nearly 77,800 people statewide,” said Snodgrass. “A recent survey revealed that 58 percent of Oklahomans are planning to travel in-state this year and we want to help them make the most of their vacations and weekend getaways.
Oklahoma has been ranked by AAA as one of the country’s best travel values. While the state’s value ranking is good news to cost-conscience consumers, the state’s appeal as a quality destination makes for a great combination of fun and affordability.
“As we celebrate National Tourism Week and the summer travel season, I invite travelers to put Oklahoma at the top of their vacation list,” said Snodgrass. “Every family can take advantage of our diverse terrain and wide variety of attractions to have a memorable vacation without breaking the bank.”
Road trip itineraries, free travel brochures and coupons for a variety of Oklahoma destinations can be found at www.TravelOK.com.
Designated by Congress and established by presidential proclamation in 1983, National Tourism Week celebrates the value and scope of the nation’s $759 billion travel and tourism industry, and the economic and social contributions it brings to Oklahoma’s own $6.3 billion tourism industry.
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) is working to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural richness. The department is the steward of the state park system and also promotes Oklahoma as a travel destination through many award-winning programs. To learn more about Oklahoma’s unique events and attractions, please visit www.TravelOK.com.
Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers Celebrate
National Tourism Week
Many of the Oklahoma Welcome Centers have planned celebrations in honor of National Tourism Week. Below is a list of activities across the state.
Fri., May13 will be festival day for the Sallisaw Tourism Information Center. Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee Nation Casino & the Green Country Association will be serving hotdogs, soft drinks and cookies to the travelers from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chamber members and other organizations will be washing windows (weather permitting) for the visitors that stop that day.
The Erick Tourism Information Center will be hosting special city days Sat., May 17 through Fri., May 13. Participating cities include Erick, Elk City, Sayre, Cheyenne, Clinton and Weatherford. Community representatives will serve refreshments and promote their area to visitors.
Sat., May 14 the Miami Tourism Information Center will host a series of events. Amanda Wiley, naturalist for Bernice State Park, will bring animals for travelers to see. The Rebel's Car Club of Miami will have classic cars on display and visitors will have a chance to win free prizes.
Sat., May 14 will include a day full of activities, including displays from several Oklahoma City destinations, as well as special giveaways.
The City of Midwest City and the Midwest City Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Tourism Week May 7 – May 15, 2011. Activities at the Tourism Information Center will include complimentary cinnamon rolls, sponsored by Holiday Inn Express East in Midwest City, served at the tourist center daily from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A Native American tepee will be set up on the lawn in front of the center Wed., May 11, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., courtesy of Scout Troop 9305. Snacks will be distributed courtesy of Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread in Midwest City. Entertainment and activities are also scheduled.
The Thackerville Tourism Information Center will be hosting giveaways all week from destinations such as Arbuckle Wilderness, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and many more.
The Blackwell Tourism Information Center will host special theme days all week from different communities within the region.
The Walters Tourism Information Center will be hosting an open house on May 14 spotlighting Staycations in Great Plains Country. Area Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Bureaus, businesses and tourist attractions will provide door prizes, special discount offers and travel information. Representatives from the Lawton Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce will be at the center on May 10 (9 a.m. – noon), May 11 (2 – 4 p.m.) and May 13 (9 a.m. – noon), as well as Jessica Cody, Executive Director of Great Plains Country, on May 14 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Local musical artist Todd Tyo will also be performing.