Oklahoma tourism tax revenue growing

Oklahoma tourism tax revenue growing

State officials say tourism is really a growing economic force in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports visitors pumped $9 billion in to the state economy in the last year. That is clearly a 4.over the year prior 4-percent increase. State tax collections from tourism have jumped by 20 percent since 2010.

Oklahoma Department of Tourism numbers show that means a lot more than 100,000 jobs, with a payroll of $2.3 billion.

One small town has seen the payoff.

Osage County tourism director Kelly Brand says lodging tax revenue has doubled in Pawhuska since TV personality Ree Drummond, known by her brand “The Pioneer Woman,” opened her mercantile in 2016. The store-bakery-restaurant draws visitors from all around the U frequently.S. and beyond with waits of to two hours for a table up.