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Serenity in Seminole

The ’20s roared especially loud in Seminole, as one of Oklahoma’s greatest oil booms turned the town into a raucous, rowdy and often lawless place, where the population swelled to 40,000 at one point. Nearly a century later, Seminole is a bit smaller and certainly a lot quieter, but nevertheless, it offers its residents and visitors an inviting quality of...

Ray Hoyt

As the president of Tulsa Regional Tourism, Ray Hoyt spends his work days creating long-term strategies for tourism development, sales and programming for VisitTulsa; the Tulsa Sports Commission; and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture within the regional chamber. His tenure began in 2010, and for the last decade, he’s worked to promote and sell Tulsa...

Bigfoot’s Stomping Grounds

A proposal that went before the Oklahoma legislature this spring to establish an official season for hunting Bigfoot drew a tepid reaction in the mythical creature’s supposed McCurtain County digs. “We do not condone the hunting of any endangered species,” says Matt Farley, an Oklahoma City account executive whose firm promotes tourism on behalf of the McCurtain County Tourism Authority. Farley...

Pedal Power

Craft beer enthusiasts who don’t mind putting in a little footwork can visit their favorite Oklahoma City and Tulsa haunts in a unique way – by pedaling through areas close to the cities’ downtowns. Meanwhile, folks in Oklahoma’s capital city who prefer a more comfortable, relaxing option can embark on a 3 ½-hour tour of craft brewpubs by taking a...

Matt Pinnell

… state investment in tourism. How much money is appropriated for marketing is an ongoing discussion with the legislature and the governor’s office, but … our marketing budget must be competitive with other states. There is a clear return on investment for money spent to market your state. Many studies over a number of years prove this. Michigan and Texas...