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 56 event spaces and a banquet seating capacity of up to 150; the La Quinta Inn & Suites, with 1,200 square feet of event space; and the Hampton Inn & Suites, with 88 guest rooms and a 975-square- foot meeting room. Getting to Stillwater is now easier, said Jessica Kincannon with Visit Stillwater. "Stillwater has direct flights twice a day to and from Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport, which means attendees can fly directly into Stillwater." Bartlesville The first commercial oil well in the state of Oklahoma was a gusher in Bartlesville in 1897 and the town has been linked with energy ever since, although today that energy comes from a diversity of its businesses and people, according to Visit Bartlesville. The Bartlesville Community Center features a performance hall that seats more than 1,700, a community hall that can host up to 380 for dinners and other space, including a balcony, that can host up to 200 for a reception. Lodging includes a 100-room Hilton Garden Inn, with 7,500 square feet of meeting space; an 85-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, with meeting space for up to 35; a 106-room Days Inn; and a 67-room Hampton Inn. East of Bartlesville in Quapaw, where the borders for Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri meet, Downstream Casino Resort offers luxury resort-style lodging and amenities. Unique meeting space includes the 25,000-square-foot Pavilion Event Center with soaring cathedral- style cedar ceiling and oversized fireplace, five meeting rooms than can be combined into one 3,000-square-foot space, and outdoor venues. The resort also features big-name entertainment, three restaurants and an 18-hole championship golf course. Tulsa Tulsa offers planners a dynamic location that is both easily accessible and affordable, said Vanesa Masucci, vice president of VisitTulsa. "Tulsa offers meeting planners and their attendees a wide variety of cost-effective entertainment, dining and activities. Our food and craft beer scene is growing by leaps and bounds." Downtown Tulsa continues to grow its lodging properties as well, according to Masucci. "The 444-room Hyatt Regency Downtown, which has 38,000 square feet of function space and completed an $8 million upgrade last year, is now a four-star property. We have a new full-service Indigo Hotel under construction and set to open in September of this year in the Blue Dome District downtown that will have 125 guest rooms, a restaurant and rooftop bar, and we have a new 125-room Hampton Inn and Suites placed very well just across the street from the 19,000-seat BOK Center, our indoor arena." According to VisitTulsa, the city is creating a new master plan for the area around the BOK Center and Cox Business Center, the city's 310,000-square-foot convention center that has 21 meeting rooms, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom and a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The Cox Business Center was one of five venues in the U.S. awarded the 2017 Venue Excellence Award by the International Association of Venue Managers. Major lodging in the city includes DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Tulsa, which is connected to the Cox Business Center and provides 417 guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of event space to host up to 900 for banquets; Aloft Tulsa Downtown, with 180 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of event space; and Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, with 300 guest rooms and 46,684 square feet of meeting and event space. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has 450 guest rooms and 75,000 square feet of event space in 19 rooms, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom. River Spirit Casino Resort has 483 guest rooms, a 30,000-square-foot convention and meeting center, and a 2,500-seat theater. O K L A H O M A Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Broken Arrow celebrated its grand opening on December 2 as the company's first facility in Oklahoma. Stoney Creek Hospitality has 14 other hotels throughout Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Broken Arrow property, located just north of a Bass Pro Shop, has 177 guest rooms and suites decorated in a modern rustic decor with a warm, woodsy feel. The hotel's 40,000-square-foot conference center has 10 flexible meeting rooms, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, and provides comprehensive audio/visual support, complimentary Wi-Fi, customized menu options and onsite planners. Amenities at the 15-acre property include a fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, compli- mentary hot breakfast and the Blind Buffalo Pour House restaurant, featuring a patio that can be used for events. "With the recent opening of the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, this facil- ity provides flexible meeting and event space that Broken Arrow previously did not have," said Lori Hill, director of tourism for the City of Broken Arrow. "The conference center has allowed Broken Arrow to be placed on the map for meeting and event planners looking for a new facility in the Tulsa metro area, with many unique offerings." n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Broken Arrow Contact: Broken Arrow CVB

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