Chickasaw Country honored with top tourism awards | news

Chickasaw Country was recently honored for efforts to boost tourism in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association recognized Chickasaw Country with two awards, the RedBud for “Best Brochure or Publication – ($10,000 or More Budget)” and the Merit Award for “Outstanding Media Coverage” with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (OKC CVB) .

“This recognition is a testament to the collaborative work of our teams and communities that make Chickasaw Country a world-class destination,” Paige Williams Shepherd, Chickasaw Nation Director of Corporate Development and Tourism, said.

Open to all Oklahoma tourism entities, the RedBud Awards represent the highest honor in the Oklahoma tourism industry. Earning the Redbud for “Best Brochure or Publication – ($10,000 or More Budget),” was Chickasaw Country’s 2022 Travel Guide, which showcases local businesses, sights and experiences in the 7,648 square miles of south-central Oklahoma.

The guide conveniently divides the location into four regions for ease of travel. Each region highlights the attractions, accommodations, local shopping and eateries that are woven together to comprise Chickasaw Country. The guide is available for browsing online at, or those interested may request a free physical copy at

Chickasaw Country and the OKC CVB worked together to generate media coverage for the opening of the First Americans Museum (FAM) in fall 2021. FAM tells the collective histories of the 39 tribes of Oklahoma and is the first museum of its kind. Several writers visited to experience the museum and destination, resulting in national and regional media coverage garnishing more than 580 million impressions.

“We’re fortunate to partner with Chickasaw Country in promoting the FAM’s mission of awareness and educating the broader public about First American history. Visitors can immerse themselves in an authentic cultural experience that’s completely unique to Oklahoma,” Lindsay Vidrine, OKC CVB Vice President of Destination Marketing, said.

About Chickasaw Country

Nestled in south-central Oklahoma, Chickasaw Country is a regional tourism organization representing 13 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. As the official destination tourism organization, Chickasaw Country includes 7,648 square miles, 11% of Oklahoma’s total 68,597 square miles.

Chickasaw Country, a division of the Chickasaw Nation, is a tourism source for visitors and communities within the region. Chickasaw Country promotes destinations, attractions and festivals. Chickasaw Country is a diverse and culturally-vested destination, with new adventures and experiences around every corner.

For more information about Chickasaw Country and the many tourism destinations in south-central Oklahoma, visit or follow on Facebook and Instagram @ChickasawCountry.


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