To mark this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7th – 15th), the Chickasaw Nation is joining dozens of destinations nationwide in highlighting the significant role travel and tourism plays in Oklahoma’s economy as well as the nation’s. Tourism Week was first celebrated in 1984 as a salute to travel and tourism in America. 


As part of the National Travel and Tourism Week 2011, the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Tourism would like to update you on contributions we have made throughout Oklahoma.


The Chickasaw Nation Department of Tourism recently re-located to the first floor of the old Bunte Candy Factory located at One East Sheridan in Oklahoma City. Plans for the first floor include a Chickasaw Nation Tourism Information Center, a Chickasaw Nation retail space, including Bedre, and a café. The Chickasaw Nation looks forward to partnering with area businesses to further tourism economic growth and development.


The Chickasaw Nation Department of Tourism has also finalized their new brand, which is scheduled to launch in 2012. The brand encompasses everything the Chickasaw Nation offers and will be a wonderful tool to promote south-central Oklahoma as a premier travel and tourism destination. Along with our new brand, we are creating a Chickasaw Nation tourism website. The site will be a resource to obtain information on the Chickasaw Nation and attractions within our territory. 


Two additional projects, the design of the new Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center and the Bedre Retail and Manufacturing Facility, have been finalized and approved to move forward with construction. The welcome center will be an outlet for visitors to learn about attractions located within the Chickasaw Nation. The Bedre facility will be tailored to host tour groups and families. Both facilities will work together to promote the Chickasaw Nation as a destination, and partnerships throughout the territory will have an important role in catering to needs of our visitors.


The Chickasaw Nation continues to focus on engaging partnerships with organizations, state agencies, communities and the residents of Oklahoma. Together the travel and tourism industry in Oklahoma will continue to positively affect the economy, bringing new jobs and new visitors to our great state. If you have any questions regarding the Chickasaw Nation Department of Tourism, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at or by phone at 580-272-5329.