Rachael Van Horn
Woodward, Okla. —
There could be a few things you may not know about tourism in Oklahoma and especially in the Woodward area, which continues to attract more interest from travelers.
For instance, domestic and international travelers to Oklahoma spent $6.9 billion in 2011. In 2011, 78,400 jobs were created by travelers to the state.
If you've been to Woodward recently and felt the energy change and wondered what that feeling is, it's the effort of a group of Woodward faithful at the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) who are out there selling the community in a way that reaches out and grabs more of those tourism dollars and deposits them squarely in the community.
That is the reason Woodward will be the kickoff location for Lt. Governor Todd Lamb's Travel and Tourism Summit, slated to be held at the Woodward Conference Center June 20.
The half-day educational event and town hall meeting featuring Lt. Governor Lamb and two educational speakers is slated to begin at 1 p.m. with educational seminars for local businesses and community leaders to attend.
The seminars will feature valuable information on how a business or community can work with the media and market their destination, said Debbie Hickman, director of tourism and public relations for the CVB.
"Our goals it to offer this opportunity for the leadership here and the leaders of the communities around us to come out and support the Lt. Governor in this focus on making Woodward a place people want to come and visit," Hickman said. "We want the community to come and show up."
The Town Hall Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. after which there will be a networking reception that will begin at 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
There are fees for the education seminars and to attend the town hall and reception. The reception will feature a hot, meal style buffet, Hickman said.
For cost, registration and additional information you can go to www.otia.info or you can contact the convention and visitor's bureau at 580-256-9990.
Debra Bailey, President & CEO of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association reported that the OTIA is excited to partner with the Woodward Convention & Visitors Bureau on the first of these travel and tourism summits. "I can think of no better place to kick-off this exciting partnership between the tourism industry and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb's office. The enthusiasm and support demonstrated by the City of Woodward has been exceptional."