Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

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B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 39 AREA GUIDES O K L A H O M A C I T Y "THE HORSE SHOW CAPITAL" OFFERS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY BY DON LITTLETON Meeting executives will find Oklahoma City one of the most accommodating meeting destinations in the Southwest. Its 16,000 hotel rooms, affordable rates, and friendly atmosphere make it an ideal location for any size meeting, from a cor- porate conference of 25 people to an international convention with 20,000 del- egates. The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau offers complete conven- tion servicing and support, using a com- puterized housing bureau and registration technology. With the convention center just steps away from a number of hotels and the vibrant Bricktown Entertainment District, downtown Oklahoma City gives a whole new meaning to centrally-located. The Cox Convention Center features 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 25,000- sq. ft. ballroom, 21 meeting rooms and a 15,000-seat arena, all connected by a skybridge to the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel. There are 1,600 hotel rooms located in downtown Oklahoma City, all within a few blocks of the Cox Convention Center. Directly to the east of the Cox Convention Center is Bricktown. Once a busy warehouse area, today Bricktown is Oklahoma City's hottest entertainment and dining district. With dozens of restau- rants, nightlife and a generous helping of turn-of-the-century charm, Bricktown offers visitors a variety of activities in downtown Oklahoma City. Step into the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel in the heart of downtown and you'll immediately feel a sense of welcome. Located within steps of the Cox Convention Center, across from the Oklahoma City Arena and just a few short blocks from the Bricktown Entertainment District, this 395-room hotel offers meeting planners anoth- er option to house their conference and its attendees. Well equipped with 26,270 total sq. ft. of meeting space and 16 meeting rooms this Sheraton hotel has got your next big event covered. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum embodies the spirit, passion and grit symbolized by the American West. Through stunning art and splendid exhibitions, the Museum tells America's story as it unfolds across the West. From fine art, pop culture and firearms to Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, shopping and dining, the Museum is a must-see destination. If you're con- templating bring- ing a meeting or conference to the area, be sure to contact Johnny Danrich III, direc- tor of Sales & Services at the Oklahoma City CVB, who will provide you with all of the support you'll need to make you event there a success. If conference attendees are into gam- ing The Remington Park Racing Casino will accommodate these guests. Oklahoma City's only casino is open every day of the year and offers 750 of the top electronic gaming machines guests love to play. The top American Quarter Horse Season in the nation is March - May, while the Thoroughbred season runs from mid August through mid December. Remington Park also fea- tures various restaurants and Pubs. The Bricktown Brewery Remington Park offers hand crafted beer and an outstand- ing selection of freshly made entrees, sal- ads and sides. Will Rogers World Airport offers non- stop air service to 20 destinations in the U.S., including west and east coast cities. Not only that but the airport recently com- pleted an extensive five-year, $110 million expansion and renovation, adding a new terminal and making traveling by air to OKC even easier. View of Downntown Oklahoma city skyline JOHNNY DANRICH III • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel 395 Renaissance Oklahoma City Conv. Center Hotel 311 Hampton Inn & Suites Oklahoma City-Bricktown 200 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Cox Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 100,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 21 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Oklahoma City CVB (800) 225-5652 Black Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Oklahoma City (405) 427-4444 Photo Credit: Oklahoma CIty CVB

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