APR 2014

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You may very well find Oklahoma City one of the most accommodating destinations in the Southwest. Why Is That? Its 16,000 hotel guest rooms, affordable rates, and friendly atmosphere make it ideal for any sized meeting. "Oklahoma City offers a wide range of amenities and facilities for meetings and conventions in a very walkable downtown area," said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City CVB. "Restaurants, nightlife, hotels, muse- ums, parks and more are only steps away from each other. If you have not looked at OKC you just donʼt know what you are missing." And once your attendees have walked the city, have them hop aboard the new urban transportation option. Launched in 2012, Spokies allows riders to rent bikes from seven different kiosks spaced throughout downtown near major attractions or areas of interest. Thereʼs even a kiosk conveniently located near the southwest corner of the Cox Convention Center. A one- day membership can be purchased directly at any kiosk for only $5.00 and provides unlimited 30-minute rides from any kiosk. ■ I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By Sabe Fink It's Bricktown Baby! Directly to the east of the Cox Convention Center is Bricktown. Once a busy warehouse area, today Bricktown is Oklahoma Cityʼs hottest entertainment and dining district, with dozens of restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a generous help- ing of turn-of-the-century charm. Bricktown offers visitors a variety of activities in the heart of town - a stroll along the mile-long Bricktown Canal, a cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi, or live music at one of the many music venues. ■ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m A P R I L 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 41 ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Oklahoma City Unique restaurants like Mickey Mantle Steakhouse are a big attraction for attendees. The new urban transportation option, Spokies, allows attendees to rent bikes from multiple kiosks throughout downtown. Mickey Mantle Steakhouse Spokies 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/27/14 4:21 PM Page 41

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