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OTRD Releases Preliminary Economic Impact Numbers
By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, along with the U.S. Travel Association, have released the state’s preliminary 2012 domestic tourism economic impact numbers.The study presents 2012 domestic travel economic impact on Oklahoma and its 77 counties. Estimates include travel expenditures, travel-generated employment and payroll income, as well as tax revenues for federal, state and local government.
Oklahoma saw across the board increases in expenditures, payroll income, employment and tax receipts. Visitors spent 6.1 percent more in 2012 compared to 2011, as tourism-related expenditures topped $7.1 billion.
Payroll income in the state’s tourism sectors including lodging, food service, recreation and retail saw a 2.2 percent increase over 2011, while employment in those sectors rose from 76,600 in 2011 to 78,200 in 2012.
Oklahoma’s tax receipts rose four percent from just more than $1 billion in 2011 to $1.1 billion in 2012. Oklahoma counties collected $188 million in local taxes in 2012, up seven percent over 2011.
The final report of the economic impact of travelers to the state of Oklahoma is expected later this summer.