Monday, April 6, 2009

Upcoming OTIA Events

The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association is organizing several events and educational opportunities in the coming weeks. Please see below for all the details.

TulsaFest 2009 will be held Monday, April 20, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and will feature speaker Lane Cardwell presenting two seminars, "15 Things that I have Learned So Far" and "What the Big Chains are Doing in 2009 and What You Should Do Differently.” We’ll also hear a lunch Keynote from Scott Shaw, CEO and Founder of Fishbowl, Inc., and the Taste of TulsaFest will be full of wining, dining, dancing and karaoke, and rockin' with live music from MidLife Crisis at the Cain's Ballroom. Join us for a "Pumped Up" evening!

National Tourism Week Educational Conference to be held Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Oklahoma City Zoo Education Center. Dr. L. Lee Manzer, Marketing professor at Oklahoma State University, will share his "The Game is Played Away From the Ball" lessons, which will focus on satisfying and retaining “old” customers through enhanced relationships. Also enjoy a networking luncheon as OTRD Director Hardy Watkins gives an overview of tourism trends and a "state of the industry" report. Register today!

National Travel and Tourism Week will be celebrated May 9th - 17th. During these challenging times, it is particularly important that you join industry colleagues around the country in this annual salute to the power of travel to help amplify our voice for why travel matters. Click here for a toolkit of resources to help you plan local events and activities, including details on U.S. Travel Rally Day and special promotional opportunities offered by and AOL® Travel in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.

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