OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new report shows that tourism has a $7.1 billion economic impact on Oklahoma.
The report, released by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, shows that visitors spent 6.1 percent more in 2012 compared to 2011.
Payroll income in the state's tourism sectors saw a 2.2 percent increase over 2011, while employment in those sectors rose from 76,600 in 2011 to 78,200 in 2012.
The report says tourism benefits all of Oklahoma's 77 counties. Nineteen of the counties received more than $50 million in domestic travel expenditures in 2012. In Oklahoma County, tourism generated almost $2.5 billion. In Tulsa County, it generated more than $1.7 billion in 2012.
Secretary of Tourism Deby Snodgrass said the numbers show that the tourism industry in Oklahoma is strong and continuing to grow.
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