2015 in Enid: Progress continues
Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season full of family, friends and wonderful memories.
We want to share with you a look back at 2015, highlighting some of Enid's exciting announcements and events that Visit Enid had a hand in during the previous 12 months.
American Kitefliers Association brought its National Convention to Enid in late September, returning to the same site as its 2012 convention
Out of the AKA convention came a new Enid event, Kites Over Enid, to be held annually beginning April, 2016
Oklahoma State Criterium bicycle race was in Enid in June
The colorized version of “Oklahoma” showed at Convention Hall
Enid will play host to the 2017 Oklahoma Library Association state conference
Visit Enid won a state Red Bud Award for Best New Tourism Brochure, featuring the murals inside the Garfield County Courthouse. Special thanks to our partners on this project, Garfield County, Outhier & Carruthers PLLC, Friesen Design and Mike Klemme Photography
Leadership Oklahoma held a monthly session in Enid
Director Marcy Jarrett earned her Certified Destination Marketing Executive (CDME) designation from Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the tourism industry's highest educational achievement. Because of this and the thesis she wrote on Branding for Small Communities, she is invited to speak in Macon, GA in January on a community branding panel.
Enid will play host to the Oklahoma GOP Caucus Retreat in December
Regional group Patriot Riders came to Enid for a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Confirmed Spring, 2016 for Red Hat Birthday group coming to Enid
Northwest Emergency Managers Conference coming to Enid June, 2016
Enid is a major player on the Chisholm Trail 150th Steering Committee along with the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Duncan. Marcy will be attending the American Bus Association convention in January meeting with group tour operators from around the nation raising awareness of the Chisholm Trail and Enid.
Enid was also recognized in 2015 by national, state and local media coverage
Convention South Magazine named Enid one of the 2015 “South’s Surprising Recreational Havens for Groups.”
KFOR came to Enid to feature Bob Klemme in previewing the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail in 2017
KFOR returned to Enid for the AKA National Convention
A weekly radio show each Thursday morning on KOFM
Purchased TV ad on Discover Oklahoma in September promoting AKA National Convention
Magazines & Newspapers: Convention South Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Thunder Roads Magazine, Kiting Magazine, Oklahoma Magazine, Oklahoma Today, Edmond Sun, Lawton Constitution, The Oklahoman
Enid also had plenty of additions via new construction, including the opening of Home Away Suites and LaQuinta Inn and Suites, while Candlewood Suites and Love’s Travel Plaza are currently under construction with a projected 2016 opening. One of Enid's most popular attractions, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum, is also undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen this Spring. Enid also saw several new restaurants come to town, including Billy Sims BBQ, a second Taco Bandito location in Oakwood Mall, a second Boomarang location across from Oakwood Mall, Tokyo Sushi Hibachi Steak House and McAlister’s Deli is under construction and is scheduled to open Spring, 2016.
Our office couldn't do everything we do without the support of our local partners, including the City of Enid, Main Street Enid, Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Enid Regional Development Alliance, and the many local businesses and attractions who stand by us and recognize the tremendous potential Enid has to bring visitors to town.
And to our visitors, thank you for making Enid one of your travel destinations in 2015. We hope you give us the chance to welcome you again soon.