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FEB 2017

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 49 O K L A H O M A • SpringHill Suites - meeting space for up to 250 • Hampton Inn - 988 square feet of event space • LaQuinta Inn & Suites - meeting space for up to 50 • Holiday Inn Express - meeting space for up to 30 • Country Inns & Suites - event space for up to 30 • Candlewood Suites - (opened 2016) 81 guest rooms Broken Arrow With easy access to nearby Tulsa Interna- tional Airport, Broken Arrow has three new lodging and meeting properties opening this year, according to Lori Hill, tourism direc- tor for Visit Broken Arrow. "A LaQuinta is scheduled to open by early March, Hilton Garden Inn in May, and the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center is scheduled to open later this fall. This will dramatically open up available, flexible event space," she said. Stoney Creek Hospitality operates hotels throughout the Midwest and this is its first property in Oklahoma, according to the com- pany. The hotel is expected to have 187 guest rooms, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a 40,000-square-foot conference area. According to Hill, the top event facilities in Broken Arrow are the Performing Arts Center, which seats 1,490 and has lobby re- ception space; Central on Main, which can host up to 300 in theater-style seating or up to 350 for receptions; and numerous spaces at Northeastern State University, including a 388-seat auditorium, banquet and conference halls, and classrooms for between 30 and 70 people. The Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow Campus, offers numerous classrooms and seminar rooms. The Clarion Hotel Broken Arrow has 195 guest rooms and four event rooms with a meeting or reception capacity of up to 300. The Hampton Inn has a small meeting room for up to 30. Bartlesville Located in the northeast part of the state, Bar- tlesville was home the Osage, Cherokee and Delaware tribes prior to becoming a trading post and then the site of the state's first com- mercial oil well. Phillips Petroleum was estab- lished here and the city remains an energy hub today. Easy to reach from Tulsa International Air- port and several major highways, the city hosts the world-class music festival OK Mozart and cultural attractions include the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Civic Ballet, Choral Society, Community Concert Association, Theater Bartlesville and Children's Musical Theatre. Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Rogers State University are located here and Woolaroc, which includes a 3,700-acre wildlife preserve, museum, nature trails and the historic Frank Phillips Lodge, is a major attraction. Other attractions include the frontier town mu- seum at Prairie Song, Keepsake Candle Fac- tory and Country Store, the Phillips Petroleum Museum, and an 11-mile jogging and biking trail throughout the city known as Pathfinder Parkway. Meeting facilities include the Tri County Technology Center and the Bartlesville Com- munity Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé William Wesley Peters, with a performance hall that seats 1,700; and Price Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright himself, which houses the Price Tower Arts Center, the Inn at Price Tower and Copper Restaurant + Bar, and which has a new mu- seum, lecture hall, 10,000-square-foot exhibi- tion hall and educational classrooms. Hotels with meeting space include the Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn. Ardmore Located halfway between Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Ardmore is surrounded by the scenic Arbuckle Mountains, with easy highway access, and ample motel and restau- rant facilities available for any size meeting or event, according to Tyler Young, chief operations officer for the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce. "The main thing event planners need to know about Ardmore is that because of our incredible event centers, restaurant and catering options, and 1,600 hotel rooms, we are ideal for every size meeting, from small corpo- rate events to large association meetings and conventions." The largest event facility in the city – and one of the newer facilities of its kind in the re- gion – is the Ardmore Convention Center, with 52,500 total square feet of flexible event space. This includes an exhibit hall, two smaller halls, four meeting rooms, three boardrooms and ample pre-function space. According to the Ardmore CVB, the facility can accommodate banquets for between 25 to 1,500 people. The center is adjacent to a full-service 127-room Holiday Inn. In December 2016, a Hilton Garden Inn opened in Ardmore with 122 guest rooms, a 3,600-square-foot banquet facility and an exec- utive boardroom. Set to open early this year, a Courtyard Marriott will offer 127 guest rooms and an 1,100-square-foot meeting room. A unique attraction at Lake Murray State Park, south of Ardmore, is Tucker Tower Na- ture Center, built by the WPA in the 1930s. The lighthouse-like structure houses local arti- facts and is host to seasonal nature programs. The park has lodge, bunkhouse and cabin lodging, and meeting space in five rooms with seating for up to 380. South of Ardmore, the WinStar World Ca- sino Hotel & The Inn at WinStar have more than 1,500 guest rooms combined. The newly opened 65,000-square-foot WinStar Conven- tion Center has two ballrooms and three exec- utive boardrooms, and can accommodate up to 3,000 people for events. n Broken Arrow NSU Visitor Gallery Broken Arrow CVB

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