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Tulsa Regional Tourism plans for the future

Posted at 7:27 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 08:27:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — As the nation’s economy takes a dive from businesses being closed and events canceled or postponed, one local business is planning for the future right now.

The pandemic will end at some point.

Whether that's sooner or later, Tulsa Regional Tourism leaders said it’s crucial for the city that they’re ready for visitors and tourists when it does.

Tulsa has already felt the hit from cancelled or postponed events.. Costing an economic impact of more than 100 million dollars.

Ray Hoyt, President of Tulsa Regional Tourism, said they’re working now to reschedule events for later this year or next year, like the inaugural Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN Tulsa triathlon.

The contract is now amended to run from 2021 -2023.

While it’s not ideal, Hoyt said they’re focused on keeping the events in Tulsa.

“We have to stay focused on that because if you don’t and you start to let that slip then, we call it the pipeline. If you let that pipeline empty out, the recovery will just be that much longer and that much tougher for the community.”

Tulsa saw more than 9 million visitors in 2018 which support local restaurants, attractions, hotels and retail shops.

While they’re hoping to get the business sector back up and running to get visitors back to Tulsa, they will err on the side of caution and listen to health officials before that happens.

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