Time after time, Oklahoma City has proved itself to be a wonderful destination to host a meeting of any kind. The Modern Frontier’s proximity to many major American cities, serving as almost a midpoint in the country, in addition to the recently expanded Will Rodgers World Airport, makes the state’s capital easily accessible for meeting planners and event-goers from across the nation.
These aren’t the only reasons that OKC has been highlighted, however. From award-winning convention services representatives to outstanding lodging, Oklahoma City has developed an impressive track record in the meetings industry. So it’s no surprise that Oklahoma City is #1 city to watch for meetings and events, according to Meetings Today.
In September 2022, CNN placed Oklahoma City on its list of most underrated domestic destinations. The popular news outlet’s travel section praised the food scene in OKC, some of the city’s districts and a few of the Modern Frontier’s top attractions. These impressive elements of the city add to the setting of any meeting or convention, as great events and meals aside from working hours are important aspects of event-goers overall enjoyment of the conference.
According to the World Travel Awards, OKC also boasts the state’s best hotel. The Colcord Hotel, one of the oldest in the Modern Frontier, was named “Oklahoma’s Leading Hotel” in 2022, also winning in the “Oklahoma’s Leading Hotel Suite” category.
In addition to its status as an outstanding hotel, The Colcord features four beautiful meeting spaces of its own. To top it all off, the delicious Flint restaurant sits on the ground floor of OKC’s first skyscraper.
Another marvelous OKC hotel gaining national recognition is The Ellison. Manager Matt Cowden was named Marriott International’s General Manager of the Year in 2022 for his work maintaining the uniquely elegant hotel.
The variety of great lodging options in the state’s capital are perfect for meetings, as they provide a memorable experience for guests away from the convention that they are in town to attend.
Along with the outstanding lodging options, attractions and event spaces, visitors can expect to be met with overflowing kindness from convention service and hospitality employees. Just one example of this high-quality service is Visit Oklahoma City’s Director of Convention Services Kellie Myers. She was named to Destinations International’s prestigious 30 under 30 list after maintaining a customer satisfaction rate of over 96% while servicing over 300 groups thus far. She is also one of only five Rising Star Award winners at the 2022 Catalyst Awards. The Catalyst Awards are described as, “the premier recognition of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.”
Oklahoma City continues to be a city on the rise. Be a part of a city that embodies the Modern Frontier by embracing its roots and paving the way to become a center of innovation and entrepreneurship where anything is possible.