High gas prices provide boost for state tourism

Tuesday, October 19th 2004, 11:09 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's lieutenant governor says high gas prices are prompting Americans to travel shorter distances for vacation, resulting in a boost for state tourism.

Mary Fallin says Oklahoma's central location at the crossroads of major interstates makes it a prime spot for tourism activity. She encouraged communities across the state to recognize and capitalize on the potential for economic development through tourism.

Fallin made the comments Monday at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Fallin says tourism in Oklahoma is a $4-billion industry that provides 5,900 jobs.