In May, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week by honoring the Hometown Heroes that have elevated Oklahoma City’s appeal as a visitor destination. The Oklahoma City CVB honored eight individuals and organizations that have exceedingly supported and promoted Oklahoma City tourism and travel.
Awards were presented to deadCenter Film Festival; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Jason Cocomise, national convention manager of Philadelphia Church of God; Julie Porter Scott, community director of Yelp.com; Shari Goad, project coordinator with Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education; Larry Taylor, Oklahoma Wind Volleyball Tournament director; Steve Henry, director of programming for OKC Tennis Center; and Science Museum Oklahoma.
The CVB’s own Sandy Price was also recognized during National Travel and Tourism Week by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association. For more than 30 years, Sandy has served the Oklahoma City CVB and the industry as a dedicated tourism professional, using her expertise to promote both Oklahoma City and the state as a prime destination. For her service, Sandy was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Redbud Awards, Oklahoma’s highest honor given in the tourism industry.
Like most things in business, the success of Oklahoma City’s visitor industry is a team effort. The success of the hospitality industry in Oklahoma City is a credit to the individuals, businesses and organizations who work tirelessly, and I applaud their efforts to keep our visitor industry strong.