APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact OKLAHOMA CITY Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Okla. EDITOR'S HOT PICKS OKLAHOMA CITY was chosen as the host destination for SportsEvents Media Groupʼs annual SPORTS 2012 - The Relationship Conference. Kristen McIntosh, associate publisher for SportsEvents, a sister publication of ConventionSouth, said the city was selected because of its quality of venues, service and hospitality, as well as its "strong commitment to building lasting relationships with SportsEvents as well as events rights holders who organize sporting events." Norman's Got NCED & Much More Norman, Okla., is a city filled with year-round things to do such as museums, galleries, shopping, casinos, golf, nightlife and great restaurants. Attractions include the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Discovery Cove Nature Center, The National Weather Center, The Riverwind Casino, Wineries and several historical sites. One of its prime meeting venues is the NCED Conference Center and Hotel, a smoke-free prop- erty with 964 guest rooms that was renovated in 2010, according to Yves Badaroux, general man- ager. "We are managed by Marriott Hotels," she said. "Associates receive the standard Marriott customer service training. We are now a GSA-approved vendor on the GSA Advantage website. We offer pre-negotiated rates for everything from meeting packages to individual meeting rooms and all conference services. Our conference center is unique because it was designed to be com- fortable for people attending meetings and conferences. We have a large array of amenities at no extra charge. A fitness center staffed by certified professionals in exercise science, including 3,000 square feet of weight and exercise space, an indoor gymnasium, indoor running track, table tennis, racquet ball court, tennis courts, indoor golf practice, Olympic-sized saltwater pool, hot tubs, saunas, ropes course and so much more." The property is located south east of downtown Norman, within five minutes from the National Weather Center and the University of Oklahoma. Mark Attanasi of the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Coun- selor Association, attests to the expertise and service received at NCED. "I thought all hotels operated the same way, until I booked our event at NCED. From the moment we began our part- nership, they treated us like family and have gone above and beyond in meeting our expectations. I would definitely recommend NCED to anyone who loves customer service NCED Conference Center & Hotel in Norman, Okla. and professionalism." ■ Follow up with www.con v APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 51 S.P.O.R.T.S. 2012 The Relationship Conference Follow up with these advertisers: Oklahoma City CVB (800) 225-5652 Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Spa (405) 228-8000 Midwest City CVB (405) 455-1808 "Incentive funding is available July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013. Funds are limited, so book your conference in Midwest City now!" Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at Reed Conference Center (405) 455-1800 "Book meeting by January 31st 2013, mention our ad in ConventionSouth and receive a complimentary cookie/brownie break!" Visit for more about the Oklahoma City area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more.

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