APR 2015

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 5 36 O K L A H O M A C I T Y winner and was recognized by ConventionSouth as a "Top 101 Largest Expo Hall." The facility's GreenSpot sustainability initiative seeks to mini- mize environmental damage and energy use. Connected by a sky bridge to the Renais- sance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel, the Four-Diamond, pet-friendly property offers a full-service fine dining restaurant, and a spa and fitness center, along with 66,000 s quare feet of meeting space, including 49 meeting rooms. "We have the secret ingredient every planner wants: the perfect location!" said Tracy Swi- bold, director of sales and marketing for the Marriott-affiliated Renaissance. "The Cox is situated downtown, next to the Thunder bas- ketball facility and Myriad Botanical Gardens. Event attendees can walk to the Bricktown En- tertainment District, where restaurants, shops and nightlife line the canal. The Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum is also just a short walk away." Also connected to the center is one of Okla- homa City's largest hotels, the 396-room, dog- friendly Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel. The property features the 1889 Land Run Café and, for special events and business conferences, the Chef's Dining Room and the Wine Room. More than 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space includes 14 meeting rooms, two full ballrooms, and a professional meeting and catering staff. The AAA Four-Diamond Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City is a 2015 ConventionSouth Readers' Choice Award-winning downtown OKC hotel. The Historic Hotels of America property is more than a century old, with Art Deco architectural flourishes. Reopened in 2007 following a $50 million renovation, the dog- (and cat) friendly, 225-room property of- fers 18,500 square feet of meeting space in- cluding two ballrooms, three board rooms, t hree additional event rooms and a pre-function lounge. The property features the Red Piano Lounge and the Park Avenue Grill. Another OKC Golden Oldie is the elegant and pet-friendly Colcord Hotel, also a Historic Hotels of America property listed on the Na- tional Register of Historic Places. The Colcord has two restaurants, the fine-dining FLINT and the more casual VAST. It offers four possible meeting/banquet spaces, collectively providing enough space for up to 270 people. EDMOND: UCO, Golf & Arcadia Lake Located on the northern outskirts of OKC, Edmond is home to the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, great golfing and the natural watery wonder- land that is Arcadia Lake. "We're centrally located right on Historic Route 66," said Cathy Williams-White, direc- tor of the Edmond CVB. "Edmond is an affordable, picturesque, quaint location with more than 200 pieces of public art scattered around the community and almost that many restaurants. It's the kind of place you enjoy coming to for a conference and then want to come back for a family vacation. It has ameni- ties and attractions like a big city but with small-town comfort." Williams-White noted that a new confer- ence-center hotel, a Hilton Garden Inn, is planned in Edmond, expected to open in about two years. According to Williams-White, a pri- v ate developer will own the conference center and the Edmond CVB will manage it, moving its operation out to the new facility, which is planned to provide 20,000 square feet of meet- ing space. The Edmond CVB plans to begin securing bookings about six months ahead of opening. Of Edmond's current 700+ hotel room in- ventory, there are about 400 that Williams- White said are appropriate for group business purposes. Also, the University of Central Oklahoma's primary conference space can handle groups up to 1,000, while groups of up to 5,000 can be accommodated campus-wide. Oklahoma Christian University can accommodate about the same number. Marriott Food Services is the food-service purveyor at Oklahoma Christian and Chartwells handles UCO. MIDWEST CITY: Rose State College, Tin- ker Air Force Base & Memorial Air Park The CVB offices of Midwest City, on the east- ern edge of Oklahoma City, will soon move ‰ Myriad Gardens National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City CVB Oklahoma City CVB Downtown Edmond Mark Voyles Photo

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