Department of Tourism and Recreation Hosts Series

UNIQUE DESTINATIONS: Recently, Jenks hosted a series for the Department of Tourism and Recreation about sustainable travel. Jenks has a variety of tourist spots including the Riverwalk.

Oklahoma’s sustainable travel program Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma, or , recently hosted a series of free workshops across the state. ECO’s mission is to promote, educate and encourage sustainable travel in the state. The workshops will focus on certification, education and marketing options available to the tourism industry through .

Jessica Blackstock from the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Dianne Wilkins from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality will lead the workshops, which also include expertise from other agency and community leaders. is a partnership program between Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and Department of Environmental Quality.

“Now more than ever, travelers are looking for green options and the program meets that need,” says Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “These workshops will allow our tourism industry to learn how to engage in the program through certification, marketing opportunities and educational components.”

The workshop, 411: The Buzz on Oklahoma’s Sustainable Travel Program provides information on the certification offers for the tourism industry.
Participants gain insight into the marketing components offered through the program, plus additional education about sustainable travel and the efforts going on in the participants’ community. The timing of this program is relevant as recent studies showed that 51 percent of travelers will continue to make green travel choices even during an economic downturn.

For more information about the workshops contact Jessica Blackstock at or call (405) 230-8415. For more information on please see

Updated 01-19-2010

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