The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 1, 2013

Visitors are spending more and staying longer in Enid

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield County experienced an impressive increase in tourism dollars spent here in the past year.

We were ranked eighth out of 77 Oklahoma counties, beating out Canadian (El Reno) and Payne (Stillwater) counties.

A biannual Oklahoma Department of Tourism study shows travelers spent $105.15 million dollars in Garfield County in 2012.

That’s a 29 percent increase from the study done in 2010, when Garfield County spending totaled $81.26 million, placing it ninth among Oklahoma counties.

These rising numbers underscore Enid’s commitment to giving visitors more reasons to come to our fair city.

“Great facilities and events combined with great community support make for a powerful combination,” said Marcy Jarrett, director of Visit Enid. “Enid continues to invest in itself with facilities, attractions and events at a time when people in this region have more income available for leisure travel.”

That means our visitors are spending more and staying longer in Enid. And that’s a great thing.