Here at Visit Oklahoma City, our mission is to promote Oklahoma City as a first-class visitor destination. We also help contribute to the economic well-being of Oklahoma City and its citizens through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business.
If you're a leisure traveler, we are the in-the-know locals who can suggest where to stay, tell you the best places to eat and recommend the sights and attractions you don't want to miss. If you're looking at Oklahoma City as a potential meeting or convention location, we're here to make you look like a rock-star for picking such a wonderful, economical and centrally-located destination. Our convention sales and services staff would love nothing more than to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.
We're pretty proud of the recent progress our city has made, and we love showing off all that Oklahoma City has to offer. Public and private partnerships over the last two decades have dramatically transformed the face of the city, making it easier than ever to brag on OKC. Since 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion of public and private investment in quality-of-life projects and improvements throughout the city. And we aren't finished yet; in fact, the best is yet to come.
In December 2009, the citizens of Oklahoma City passed a self-imposed, one-cent sales tax that will generate $777 million for additional improvement projects. New projects include a new convention center that will nearly double our convention space, further improvements to the Oklahoma River, including the addition of a whitewater kayaking facility, a modern downtown streetcar system that will link major attractions, a 70-acre downtown park and more.
There's an excitement in the air in Oklahoma City. And we have the enviable job of sharing that excitement with the world, spreading the good news of all there is to see and do in OKC.