McCurtain County Tourism Authority Announces All Cabins Are Open and Are Welcoming Visitors

Opinion Letter From Attorney General on Licensing from Oklahoma Real Estate Commission Has Not Shut Down Any Cabin Owners or Management Firms.

Dec 22, 2009, 11:00 ET from McCurtain County Tourism Authority

BROKEN BOW, Okla., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Tourism is booming in Southeast Oklahoma. In McCurtain County - the Beavers Bend State Park area - cabins are available and cabin owners and their management agencies are welcoming all visitors and tourists.

The opinion, released by Attorney General Drew Edmondson on Wednesday, December 16 forced cabin rental companies across southeastern Oklahoma to comply with the state's real estate code. The companies had, for more than a decade, been operating under rules set by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the state Health Department.

Charity O'Donnell, Executive Director, McCurtain County Tourism Authority said, "All cabins in the area are available and welcoming visitors. This AG opinion was simply the first step in the process and our legislators are working to get corrective language passed in the upcoming legislative session--until then we are open for business!!"

Marc Edwards, an attorney representing the cabin owners said, "We don't feel the cabin management activities are any different than the management activities of the manager of the Marriott or Hilton hotel. Those activities are not licensed under the Oklahoma Real Estate License Code. In fact, long standing Oklahoma law supports the conclusion that these management activities fall under the umbrella of regulations and law covering 'innkeepers' and the renting of hotel or motel rooms to guests for transient occupancy. These activities do not involve the sale or lease of real estate that may require cabin managers to be licensed by the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission".

Sen. J. Paul Gumm, D-Durant said he expects lawmakers to re-examine the issue during the next legislative session.

In McCurtain County - the Beavers Bend State Park area - your weekend getaway can include almost any kind of lodging you prefer -- from a rustic lake view cottage to modern motels to affordable log cabins with hot tubs and fireplaces nestled in the towering pines, as well as unique bed & breakfasts and luxury resorts.

To make reservations and take advantage of our winter "cozy fireplace" rental rates. Visit our website at Or call 800-528-7337.

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SOURCE McCurtain County Tourism Authority