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Travel Revival Event
Hosted by Oklahoma Tourism, Brand USA and United Airlines, over 100 travel industry peers – from travel agents to tourism boards, travel writers and tour operators – celebrated the comeback of Australian outbound travel to the USA on March 18 at The Hard Rock Café, Sydney, as they cheered on five brave and talented colleagues who led a showcase of songs from Oklahoma! the musical on stage for the chance to win a trip to Oklahoma.
The COVID pandemic has shown how resilient and talented the tourism industry community is. Many have had to broaden their skills or turn to other passions and talents to ride the COVID wave. The event embraced the passion and skills across the sector while giving a nod to its American tourism body hosts.
The five singers were travel industry personalities who managed to pivot throughout the pandemic, including Marina Wood from Flight Centre, Lauren Oxenham from Adventure World and Clinton Griffiths from Globus, as well as Out & About with Kids magazine editor, Elisa Elwin and Perth-based travel radio show broadcaster, Steve Collins.
After a crowd vote, Clinton Griffiths from Globus, who wowed the audience with his rendition of The Surrey with the Fringe on Top was announced as the winner of the Oklahoma! talent showcase, with prize flights for 2 with United to Oklahoma, USA.
Watch the event sizzle reel
Destination Information and Itineraries
The Ultimate USA Road Trip - Route 66:
Cowboys, Indians and All That Jazz:
This Cowboys, Indians, and All That Jazz itinerary is full of Oklahoma goodies. Fly with United direct to Houston or via San Francisco to DFW to start your cowboy adventures in Texas before getting on the road to cross the border into Oklahoma. In Grapevine, Texas, you can indulge indulge in over 200 restaurants, hit the trails for a scenic hike, or visit a winery or two. From there, you can cruise over to the Oklahoma state borders, the entry point to explore Oklahoma’s culture, history, and wonderful attractions.
American Indian Culture:
Oklahoma’s position in Native American history has been significant, being the unassigned land that almost 60,000 American Indians were forced to relocate to from their ancestral homelands, following the passage of the Indian Removal Act, 1830. The mass migration of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole nations, as well as their African Slaves became known as the Trail of Tears which continued for the next two decades.
Oklahoma Music Trail:
Oklahoma is rolling out the red carpet for music fans with in-depth travel itineraries centred around your favourite Oklahoma artists and bands, as well as the state’s stand-out music genres. Plan your trip using our organised list of stops, photos, maps and driving directions, and embark on a journey across Oklahoma to discover the state’s rich musical heritage, one step at a time.
The Great Outdoors:
From purpose built white-water rafting and kayaking parks, to State Parks bustling with activities ranging from the serene to the extreme, it’s no wonder that Oklahoma is affectionately called the Land of Wide-Open Wonder. And don’t forget to look up – because you won’t want to miss the breathtaking beauty of some of the best stargazing the USA has on offer.
Oklahoma Fishing Trail:
Oklahoma’s vast resources make it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, especially anglers. The state’s waters are home to a diverse number of fish species, including bass, crappie and catfish along with unique specimens like paddlefish. Oklahoma has more miles of shoreline than East and Gulf coasts combined and plenty of attractions along the way that make the trip unforgettable. The Oklahoma Fishing Trail is designed to highlight the best of Oklahoma fishing.
Western Heritage and Culture:
Head to Oklahoma for an authentic look into the Old West. From nationally acclaimed Western Heritage museums like Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Woolaroc Ranch Museum in Bartlesville, Pawnee Bill Ranch & Museum in Pawnee, and National Cowboy and Western Heritage in Oklahoma City, to authentic cattle ranching and working cowboys seen throughout, the Sooner State has a rich Western history for you to explore.Cheer on skilled cowboys and cowgirls at an exciting Oklahoma rodeo like the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo or the Freedom Rodeo and Old Cowhand Reunion, or visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, where you’ll see vast displays of internationally renowned Western art by masters like Remington, Russell and Bierstadt and browse top notch exhibits on everything from life as a ranch hand to singing cowboys of the silver screen. Come celebrate Oklahoma’s Western heritage and unleash your inner cowboy.
Food and Drink
From Oklahoma City to Tulsa and everywhere in between, Oklahoma is a dining paradise. Whether searching for mouthwatering barbecue, classic Mexican food or your favourite comfort food, Oklahoma’s eateries and restaurants are ready to serve up heavenly entrees, savoury signature side dishes and divine desserts. Stop by the cute frontier town of Pawhuska to visit the home of Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, to check out her beloved restaurant, bakery and store. Another famous Oklahoma institution, Arbuckle Mountain’s Fried Pies, is a must-visit roadside snack stop with eight locations across the state.
Or if you’re a fan of Craft Beer, there’s also over 60 breweries to sip and sample along the Oklahoma Craft Brewery Trail. So, whether it’s retro American Diners, locally-owned restaurants or upscale bistros you’re after, Oklahoma has you covered.
What’s new in 2022
Tulsa Oklahoma, The Bob Dylan Center
On 25 May 2022, The Bob Dylan Center® has opened its doors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, enabling the public for the first time to see curated exhibits pulled from a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning the music legend’s career. Located in Tulsa’s burgeoning art district, a culturally diverse district with bars and restaurants introduced as the area underwent revitalization over the past two decades.
Virtual Meeting Backgrounds:
Bring your enthusiasm for Oklahoma with you to your next virtual meeting. From gorgeous views in Oklahoma’s State Parks to some of the state’s top attractions, these awesome backgrounds are a great way to break up the routine with some state pride.
Oklahoma Colouring Pages:
Grab your art supplies for endless fun with these Oklahoma-themed colouring pages. Brighten up your day with free printable colouring pages from attractions across Oklahoma!
Download the Oklahoma Colouring Pages
Printable Activity Packs:
Stay sharp with this collection of printable activity packets featuring Oklahoma-themed word searches, puzzles and more.
Download the Printable Activity Packs