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Oklahoma tourism entities win awards

The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association recently held its annual RedBud Awards ceremony, recognizing numerous tourism groups throughout the state.

The awards recognize Oklahoma’s top tourism attractions, events, programs and organizations for outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma’s tourism industry.

“This year’s RedBud Award submissions were highly competitive,” said Debra Bailey, Oklahoma Travel Industry Association president and CEO. “With travel picking back up, each submission is an example of why Oklahoma is a perfect travel destination and we are thrilled to be honoring these entries.”

Competition entries must have been produced, published, broadcast or held between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. All entries were evaluated by a slate of tourism professionals on specific criteria, including customer service and experience, marketing effectiveness, media relations, variety of audiences reached, value and overall creativity.

Winners included:

Outstanding Agritourism Attraction

• RedBud: Simply Country Ranch.

Best Social Media Campaign

• Merit: Visit Norman — 2021 Visit Norman Digital Social Media Campaign.

• RedBud: Visit Ponca City — What’s Happening in Ponca City.

• RedBud: Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism — Visit Cherokee National Virtual Video Series.

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