In recent years, Oklahoma City has seen an increase in the group travel and motorcoach market, which continues to hold strong as a major source of out-of-town visitors to Oklahoma City. Byways magazine, a leading publication in the group travel market, recognized the city's growth in this market by naming Oklahoma City as one of the Top 50 Group Tour Destinations of 2011 - a title Oklahoma City is proud to hold.
"So many things have happened in the last 10 to 15 years to create awareness of Oklahoma City as a destination for travelers," said Sandy Price, director of tourism, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). "Certainly all of the efforts seen today with the MAPS programs have been beneficial. From Bricktown and the Oklahoma River, to becoming a home for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City is really coming into its own."
Being at the geographical center of the United States, traveling to and from Oklahoma City via motorcoach is easy, simple and affordable. Located at the crossroads of Interstates 40, 35 and 44 and Route 66, not stopping in Oklahoma City during a motorcoach trip almost seems impossible. Once in Oklahoma City, the absence of major traffic and an easy city layout make finding the way to popular attractions simple. And with competitive hotel room rates, admission rates to attractions and prices at local restaurants, a group vacation to Oklahoma City can be done on a budget.
Oklahoma City is experiencing an increase in traveling church groups, bank clubs, and smaller groups traveling for family reunions, girl or guy getaways and grandparents traveling with grandkids. Tour operators are beginning to travel more with smaller groups to provide multiple activity options to their travelers. Student travel is on the rise for Oklahoma City.