Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell

Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell

Oklahoma officials are working hard to increase the amount of tourism within the state as it is already in the top 10 industries for revenue. This is one of the reasons Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell decided to have four Tourism Summits which will take place in McAlester, Woodward, Claremore and Duncan. The summit will bring him to Duncan in early October.

Teri Knox, director of Duncan Convention & Visitors Bureau, said at the September Community breakfast that it was exciting to be a host site.

“One of these events I want to bring to your attention is the Lt. Gov. Travel and Tourism Summit,” she said. “The Lt. Gov. and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association partnered together to select four cities out of the state to host a summit. Duncan — we’re so happy — was slated this year.”

The state as a whole takes in 8.6 Billion and makes it the third largest industry in the state.

“Tourism has a huge impact on the state and Duncan and as a whole Stephens County,” she said. “Stephens Country collects $66 million in tourism.”

Pinnell also serves as Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Secretary of Tourism and Branding. His trip to Duncan is set for Thursday, Oct. 3. His summit will take place at the Simmons Center, 800 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, and will be hosted by the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The visits include a half-day long program which provides speakers on tourism education. Speakers will cover a broad range of topics on how best to promote tourism in these regions and will include a town-hall style discussion by Pinnell on tourism in each area he visits around the state.

“I’m excited to visit McAlester, Woodward, Duncan, and Claremore this fall to discuss how these regions and local communities can benefit from Oklahoma’s vibrant tourism industry,” Pinnell said. “Tourism is the third largest industry in our state, and these visitors inject vital dollars into our economy. These summits will be packed with informative speakers and topics that will highlight how local communities, businesses, and attractions can benefit from tourism to Oklahoma.”

Full registration totals $45 per person and includes education workshops, breaks, town hall meeting and networking reception. Networking reception only will cost $20 per person.

Registering three or more people from the same business will provide a discount.

To register for the event, https://www.viethconsulting.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=50565.

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