Chickasaw Country Honored With Top Tourism Awards

Chickasaw Country Tourism Award
L-R: Jenifer Reynolds, Discover Oklahoma; Paige Williams Shepherd, Ed.D., Chickasaw Nation Director of Corporate Development and Tourism; Angel Green, Chickasaw Country Senior Manager Tourism Sales and Marketing; and Oklahoma Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell.

ADA, OK – 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” with a $10,000 or more budget, and the Merit Award for “Outstanding Media Coverage” with the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (OKC CVB).

Chickasaw Country, a division of the Chickasaw Nation, is a tourism source for visitors and communities within the region. It promotes destinations, attractions and festivals and is a diverse and culturally-vested destination.

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

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” with a $10,000 or more budget was Chickasaw Country’s 2022 Travel Guide, which showcases local businesses, sights and experiences in the 7,648 sq. mi. of South-Central Oklahoma.

The guide 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.

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.

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