After the pandemic sparked several canceled events and plans in 2020, Tulsa Regional Tourism is hoping 2021 will help rebuild the economy.
This year the organization hopes to recover from the pandemic.
If everything goes as planned, tourism president Ray Hoyt said an estimated $ 161 million should be poured back into the economy in 2021.
“Right now there is a lot of hope that the vaccine will bring us back to some sort of normalcy, whatever looks normal,” said Hoyt.
To date, 62 events are planned in Tulsa Regional Tourism. Hoyt said the organization usually has twice that number but is now working on adding more.
“There’s still a lot of movement in the industry,” said Hoyt. “There are places where events are canceled and move, and that’s why we try to host them in the year.”
The organization said it works closely with the health department at each event to ensure that all safety guidelines are followed.
During the pandemic, Hoyt said he learned to adapt and get creative while staying positive.
“Our 2020 mantra was ‘crisis is the mother of innovation’ and I still think we have to live by that mantra,” said Hoyt.
Tulsa Regional Tourism has launched a website called Tulsa Safely.com so that visitors to the city can see which companies are following safety guidelines.
Click here to find the Tulsa Regional Tourism website.