Department of Tourism of the City of Shawnee
The Shawnee Department of Tourism and a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation received top honors at the Oklahoma Tourism Association’s RedBud Awards held June 14 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The RedBud Awards are Oklahoma’s premier tourism award.
The City of Shawnee was named the Oklahoma Tourism Organization of the Year.
“In 2019, the city took a huge step forward in tourism development with the creation of a city-led department,” said Shawnee Tourism Director Stacey Cramer Moore.
“There have been many obstacles to creating a solid foundation for growth in private and public tourism revenues.”
According to her, tourism finally has a vast resource base to discuss, plan and implement projects that not only increase tourism, but also delight visitors and inspire community pride.
“I am so grateful to our partners who have helped us over these few years,” she said. “It’s a huge night for us as our peers and peers in the travel industry present this award.”
In addition, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) Fireflight Balloon Fest received the top honor; it was named Oklahoma’s best event.
Fireflight Balloon Fest is now in its fifth year and takes place south of Shawnee at CPN Pow Wow. Jennifer Bell, CPN public affairs officer, was there to accept the award.
“We’re working so hard to make this the best event for our tribe, our community, and our guests,” she said. “Given all the top level events going on in Oklahoma, this is exciting.”
She said CPN plans to keep improving the event and hopes it will be the most anticipated event in Oklahoma each year.
Other notable awards of the evening included: The City of Shawnee was recognized as an Outstanding Travel Website for its full VisitShawnee.com in 2021 using software developed by Shawnee Tourism Industry Communications Manager Erika Bass in conjunction with contractors Astro Panda and Cyber. Black Smith. , all Shawnee.
The Best Publication Award Under $10,000 was presented to the City for its collection of niche market articles including Fly to Shawnee, Vintage/Resale, 5 Casinos – 4 Tribes – 1 City, Twin Lakes, and “10 things to do in Shawnee”.
“The Shawnee community has really come together. This is a great example of how the city and the tribe are working together towards common goals and how much we can achieve,” said Shawnee Mayor Ed Bolt. “We barely sat down and got called in for another award, which was great.”
In 2021, the city and Citizen Potawatomi Nation signed a historic agreement to join forces on projects that benefit the citizens of both organizations.
“We love seeing how CPN is doing well and we appreciate their support,” Bolt said.
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