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Top Tourism Entities Honored During Redbud Awards
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) held its annual RedBud Awards Gala at the Oklahoma History Center on May 7, 2019. Open to all Oklahoma tourism entities, the RedBud Awards represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma tourism industry. The Gala was held as part of the 2019 Oklahoma Conference on Tourism.
Emceed by Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell and Jenifer Reynolds, 32 awards were given in 16 categories. The awards recognize Oklahoma's top tourism attractions, events, programs and organizations for outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma’s tourism industry. 
Competition entries must have been produced, published, broadcast or held between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. All entries were evaluated by a slate of tourism professionals on specific criteria including customer service and experience, marketing effectiveness, media relations, variety of audiences reached, value and overall creativity.  
The winners include:
Outstanding Agritourism Attraction
Redbud: Oasis Animal Adventures
Best Social Media
Redbud: Koch Communication - Project: Time Off
Redbud: Muskogee War Memorial Park - Remembering Our Fallen
Merit: Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce: Tourism Department - Tasty Tuesday
Best Brochure or Publication - 11 pages or more ($30,000 to $50,000 budget)
Redbud: Lake Texoma Association - 2019 Guide to Lake Texoma
Merit: Oklahoma Hall of Fame & Gaylord - Pickens Museum Visitor Guide
Best Brochure or Publication - 11 pages or more ($25,000 or Less Budget)
Redbud: Visit Norman - Official Visitors Guide of Norman/University of Oklahoma Visitors Guide
Redbud: Philbrook Museum of Art - Museum Confidential Exhibition Booklet
Merit: Great Plains Country Association - 2019 Southwest Oklahoma Destination Guide
Best Overall Marketing Campaign
Redbud: City of Pauls Valley 19th Annual Okie Noodling Tournament & Festival
Merit: Visit Stillwater
Best Website
Redbud: Chickasaw Country
Merit: Koch Communications - Be Native Website
Best Partnership
RedBud: Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, University of Central Oklahoma
Merit: Philbrook Museum of Art & Public Radio Tulsa - Museum Confidential Podcast
Outstanding Media Coverage: Online
Redbud: RSU - TV's Living Grand on Grand Lake
Merit: Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Outstanding Media Coverage: Overall
Redbud: Koch Communications - COOP Ale Works 23rd Street Armory Announcement
Merit: FireLake FireFlight Balloon Festival
Outstanding Attraction
Redbud: Visit Stillwater - Tumbleweed Dance Hall & Concert Arena
Merit: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Outstanding New Attraction
RedBud: Vortex Alley Brewing
Merit: Chickasaw Nation Information Center
Outstanding Temporary Exhibit
RedBud: Philbrook Museum of Art - Museum Confidential
Merit: American Banjo Museum - Jim Henson - Life and Legacy
Outstanding Event

RedBud: City of Pauls Valley - 19th Annual Okie Noodling Tournament & Festival
Merit: Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce - National Indian Taco Championship
Outstanding New Event
RedBud: Main Street Guymon - Pangaea: An International Evening
RedBud: Chickasaw Cultural Center - Native Pottery Market
Outstanding Lodging Property
RedBud: Candlewyck Cove Resort
Merit: Ben Ranch Cabins of Osage County
Tourism Organization of the Year
Redbud: Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Click here to view this year's photo album from the event! 

Top Tourism Entities Honored During Redbud Awards

What's Happening
The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association will partner with Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell to produce the 2019 Lt. Governor's Travel & Tourism Summits, which will be held around the state. Each half-day program provides tourism education featuring speakers covering a range of topics on best practices to promote tourism in your region, and includes a townhall-type discussion by the Lt. Governor on tourism development in each of the areas visited around the state.
Our annual Oklahoma Conference on Tourism & Redbud Awards was a success! These events help the tourism industry work together to grow our attractions and communities. Click the link below to view more photos from our events!
Delegates from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association met with U.S. Senator James Lankford in Washington D.C. regarding travel and tourism issues during the U.S. Travel Association's Destination Capitol Hill. The event brings travel leaders from across the country to educate policymakers about the power of travel. The program combines a legislative day on Capitol Hill with advocacy training, guest speakers and peer-to-peer networking. Destination Capitol Hill provides delegates with an opportunity to learn about upcoming legislation that impacts travel, network with peers and meet with members of Congress to stress the importance of travel as an economic driver.
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