FEB 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 52 E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O OK A C O O L G E T - A W A Y Considered one of Oklahoma's "hidden gems," Lake Murray is a crystal clear, spring- fed lake located in the south-central part of the state, just south of Ardmore. A scenic highway encompasses the 5,700-acre lake and Tucker Tower provides extensive views. Lake Murray State Park offers access to recreational activities, beaches and nature trails and Lake Murray Marina has watercraft available for rent. BY D. FRAN MORLEY Enjoy Unique Culture & The Great Outdoors Centrally located with easy access by road and air, Oklahoma offers planners venues for any type or size of group, from small meetings and luxurious corporate retreats to conferences for several thousand attendees. The state's history and culture allow for unique events focusing on the Amer- ican West, Native American experiences and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, at venues in large cities and small towns. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department touts the state's unique lineup of attractions available to planners, including popular food truck parks throughout the state. At Paradise Alley Food Truck Park in Ardmore, Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park and The Bleu Garten in Oklahoma City, and Guthrie Green and Fuel 66 Food Truck Park in Tulsa, groups can dine on a variety of options in one location. Ardmore Located halfway between Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Ardmore is the hub of a 10-county region in south-central Oklahoma's Arbuckle Mountains. According to the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Ardmore has 1,600 hotel rooms and can host meetings and events ranging from small corporate events to large association meetings and conventions. The Ardmore Convention Center is the largest center of its kind in the region, with an exhibit hall, two smaller halls, four meeting rooms, three boardrooms and pre-function areas, and can accommodate banquets for up to 1,500 people. The center is adjacent to a full-service 127-room Holiday Inn, with a 1,500-square-foot banquet room. Also nearby are the newly opened 127- room Courtyard by Marriott and an 80-room SpringHill Suites. South of Ardmore, the WinStar World Casino Hotel and the Inn at WinStar have more than 1,500 guest rooms combined. The 65,000-square- foot WinStar Convention Center has a 15,000- square-foot ballroom, a smaller ballroom and executive board rooms. Near Ardmore in the community of Durant, The Choctaw Casino and Resort is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with 286 guest rooms in the new Spa Tower (plus additional guest rooms at the Grand Tower, the Choctaw Inn and Choctaw Lodge) and "The District," an entertainment destination with 20 lanes of bowling, a sports bar, arcade and four-screen cinema. Event facilities include a 20,000-square-foot conference center with ballroom, board rooms and meeting rooms, Oklahoma Oklahoma Tourism

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