The RedBud Awards are open to all Oklahoma tourism entities. Advertising and Marketing agencies are eligible to submit entries but must submit on behalf of their client, and not as an entry for the agency. Entries should represent tourism and/or travel opportunities in Oklahoma. Last year’s Redbud winners are not eligible to enter the same category they won at the RedBud Awards Program in May 2019. Merit Award winners may re-enter any category. Entries must have been produced, published, broadcast or held between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Entries must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on March 20, 2020. Unlike previous years, no extension will be made to this deadline due to judging schedules.
Payment/purchase orders MUST accompany all entries. Checks should be made payable to OKLAHOMA TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION. Any entry submitted without payment or purchase order will be disqualified. Entry fees are $25 per category entered. Any payments made by credit card will be processed by The Oklahoma Restaurant Association.
Recognition of Winners
Winners will be announced during a special awards gala on May 12, 2020 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zahdi Dr., Oklahoma City. Please register online at www.OTIA.info to make reservations for the event. Winning entries will be recognized in the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association’s monthly newsletter and website, and in a statewide press release.
Judging & Selection Criteria
Marketing and Event professionals will judge the RedBud Award entries. Awards for each category may include a RedBud Award and/or a Merit Award. However, if sufficient points are not accumulated by any entrant in a category, no awards may be given in that category. In the event of a tie, all winners with equal score totals will receive an award.
All Tourism Award categories (Outstanding Event, New Event, Attraction, New Attraction, Agritourism Attraction and Temporary Exhibit) will also be judged on customer service, attendance as compared to previous years, marketing (include plan and budget), media relations (include press releases, clippings, video clips, etc.), industry/ community relations, accessibility, variety of audiences reached, value for cost of admission, and effective use of funds.
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