Tourism representatives from Northeast Oklahoma gathered this week at the Turnpike Information Center in Miami to celebrate National Tourism Week. 

National Tourism Week is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide.  The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism.  Travel and Tourism is a $1.3 trillion industry in the United States.  It serves as the third largest industry in the State of Oklahoma. 

Visitors to the state of Oklahoma create more than $5 billon dollars each year in economic impact to the state with more than $1.5 Billion of that coming directly in Northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.

In honor of tourism week, new redbud trees were presented to the Miami Center to assist with beautification projects already in place.  The trees were purchased and donated by the Green Country Marketing Association. Following the presentation, an appreciation luncheon was hosted by the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

The Oklahoma Tourist Information Centers are vitally important to all welcoming efforts as they become the “front door” of Oklahoma to greet and assist incoming travelers.  The Miami Travel Information Center is located at 20 North Eight Tribes Trail in Miami. The facility serves as an information resource center on statewide attractions, events and lodging. They offer free coffee, clean restrooms, trained travel counselors, hundreds of free brochures and visitor guides and a gift shop featuring unique Oklahoma products and souvenirs.  Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

For additional information about visiting the Miami area, contact the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau at 542.4435 or online at www.visitmiamiok.com http://www.visitmiamiok.com.