Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Tulsa, a city guide to meeting professionals. Home to a vibrant downtown, world-class museums and arts organizations, green spaces, rich history and legendary Route 66 culture, the cosmopolitan Midwest city of Tulsa serves as an affordable, conveniently located meeting destination perfectly outfitted for conventions and group outings.
Situated in the heart of Green Country in northeastern Oklahoma, Tulsa's setting makes it easy to get almost anywhere throughout the metropolitan area in 20 minutes or less, including the Tulsa International Airport, which sits just 15 minutes outside of downtown. The airport serves 72 daily flights and offers direct flights to 16 U.S. destinations, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Washington DC. At the airport, delegates can access curbside Tulsa Transit service, which takes passengers to downtown Tulsa. Operating Monday through Saturday, the Tulsa Transit public bus system features two travel hubs, including the Downtown Denver Avenue Station, which is located within a short walk of Cox Business Center.
Formerly known as Tulsa Convention Center, downtown Tulsa's Cox Business Center boasts 310,625 square feet of flexible exhibit space, including the state's largest ballroom, which spans 30,000 square feet. The light-filled, newly renovated and expanded center sits within steps of downtown lodging, entertainment and dining, and is conveniently connected via covered skybridge to the 417-room DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Tulsa. Meeting and event spaces include 35 meeting rooms; 102,600-square-foot, column-free Exhibit Hall; 8,900-seat arena; 20,000-square-foot Conference Hall; and 7,700-square-foot Assembly Hall.
In addition to Cox Business Center, Tulsa is home to a variety of unique venues that serve as fantastic locations for group meetings, events, outings and more. Situated across the street from Cox Business Center, BOK Center is a world-class entertainment venue home to the WNBA Tulsa Shock and CHL Tulsa Oilers. Hosting athletics, major concerts and more, the BOK Center also serves as a place for group gatherings and rentals, thanks to its party suites and flexible spaces. Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Tulsa, the Spirit Bank Event Center serves as the home of the Tulsa 66ers NBA D-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The center features two 5,000-square-foot multi-purpose ballrooms, luxury suites, a party room and main arena configurations for private rentals.
Tulsa also features a number of culture- and arts-focused unique venues, such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Spanning a half city block in downtown Tulsa, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center houses four theaters, studio space and a large reception hall, and rentable spaces ranging from the 2,365-seat Chapman Music Hall and 3,000-square-foot Kathleen P. Westby Pavilion to the black box Liddy Doenges Theatre and 437-seat John H. Williams Theatre. The Woody Guthrie Center celebrates the life and legacy of the legendary folksinger and songwriter, as well as features a variety of rental opportunities within its gallery, classroom and theater spaces. One of Tulsa's most beloved cultural treasures, the Philbrook Museum of Art houses a 8,500-item art collection in a 72-room Italian Renaissance villa, completed in 1927 and situated on 23 acres. The museum welcomes groups to tour its impressive art collection, as well as hold private events throughout its indoor and outdoor spaces.
Tulsa is beloved for its year-round celebrations of diversity and culture, unique shopping, exciting nightlife, famed River Parks and Art Deco buildings that make up the third-highest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the U.S. Tulsa shines with a deep respect for its past, as well as a modern, cosmopolitan vibe seen in its extensive public artworks, entertainment districts and vibrant downtown offerings.
The Tulsa area was once known as Indian Territory, established to accommodate the relocation of several tribes after the 1830 Indian Removal Act (when tribes were forced to surrender lands east of the Mississippi River to the government in exchange for land in the Indian Territory). For a time, tribal members lived in the area as farmers, trappers and ranchers, until white settlers and railroads moved in and the land was officially opened in 1892. Tulsa became a boomtown in 1901 with the discovery of nearby oil and the pouring in of investors and fortune seekers. The 1905 Glenn Pool oil field discovery laid the foundation for Tulsa to become a leader in the oil and gas industry, a reputation it enjoys to this day. After experiencing periods of growth in the 1920s and 1940s, Tulsa saw a downtown high-rise revitalization period in the 1960s. The city's rich Native American and oil boomtown heritage are still visible in its attractions, public art and more.
Tulsa offers a unique mix of fine arts meets cowboy culture, thanks to its resident Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, as well as its world-renowned horse shows and such historic entertainment venues as Cain's Ballroom, which has been dubbed the birthplace of Western Swing and the Carnegie Hall of Western Music. The city is home to world-class museums, including the Gilcrease Museum, which houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of American West art and artifacts. Tulsa's moderate climate serves as the perfect excuse to get outside and play, as do the city's beloved River Parks, which cover miles of trails along the Arkansas River. Tulsa also holds a strong athletic presence, as its home to several professional sports teams and such venues as the new $39.2-million ONEOK Field, home to the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team. Tulsa's location at the heart of Green Country makes it the perfect launch point for day trips and recreation getaways to the nearby Turkey Mountain, which features plenty of space to hike, bike and run.
When it's time to relax over a meal, Tulsa is home to a variety of restaurants serving a range of cuisine styles, many of which draw from local farmers and vendors. Elote Cafe in the Deco District uses local, fresh ingredients in its Mexican-inspired fare, while Juniper incorporates hand-selected Green Country-sourced items in its seasonal menu influenced by Italian, French, Spanish and American flavors. Redrock Canyon Grill serves Southwest and American cuisine in a hacienda-style setting, while SMOKE. on Cherry Street puts local ingredients and local artwork at the forefront. Last but certainly not least, the award-winning Polo Grill offers fine dining and an impressive wine selection in Tulsa's Utica Square shopping district.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Tulsa's moderate climate, marked by mild winters, abundant sunshine and low relative humidity, explain why the city offers such an abundance of outdoor activities. Tulsa winters offer light snow and average January temperatures ranging from a high of 45°F and a low of 25°F, while the summer months usually boast comfortable southerly breezes and average July temperatures from a high of 94°F and a low of 73°F. Tulsa experiences an average 42 inches of rain each year, with most falling in the spring months, and is prone to thunderstorms in the spring and early summer months.
Tulsa Convention Center
Formerly known as Tulsa Convention Center, downtown Tulsa’s Cox Business Center boasts 310,625 square feet of flexible exhibit space, including the state’s largest ballroom, which spans 30,000 square feet. The light-filled, newly renovated and expanded center sits within steps of downtown lodging, entertainment and dining, and is conveniently connected via covered skybridge to the 417-room DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Tulsa. Architectural highlights include the glass curtain wall that echoes the design of Cesar Pelli’s BOK Center, an entertainment venue located across the street from Cox Business Center. Delegates can gather in the center’s 35 meeting rooms; 102,600-square-foot, column-free Exhibit Hall; 8,900-seat arena; 20,000-square-foot Conference Hall; and 7,700-square-foot Assembly Hall. Amenities include full-service catering, a variety of event services and an adjacent 1,395-spot parking garage. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, the center has hosted more than 25 million guests at more than 20,000 events.
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
Approximate taxi fare: $22 USD
Situated about 15 minutes outside of downtown Tulsa, Tulsa International Airport serves 72 daily flights and offers direct flights to 16 U.S. destinations, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Washington DC. The single-terminal, two-concourse airport features a variety of retail and dining options, as well as two on-property hotels and free terminal-wide Wi-Fi access. Passengers have access to valet to economy parking options, as well as curbside Tulsa Transit service outside of baggage claim.
Airline carriers serving Tulsa International Airport
Formed in 1968, the Tulsa Transit public bus system serves the city of Tulsa and its surrounding areas, providing direct service to such major sites as Tulsa International Airport along 18 routes. Operating Monday through Saturday, Tulsa Transit operates two major stations, including the Memorial Midtown Station and Downtown Denver Avenue Station, which is located within a short walk of Cox Business Center. Routes 203 and 318 serve Tulsa International Airport, while delegates can ride routes 117 and 215 to Cox Business Center. Two-hour bus fare is $1.50 for adults and $1.25 for youths, while one-day passes are $3.25 for adults and $1.60 for youths, seven-day passes $12 for adults and $6 for youths and 10-ride passes $12 for adults and $9.50 for youths. Children ages 4 and under ride free.
The Tulsa Greyhound station, located at 317 S. Detroit, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tulsa International Airport offers rental car counters for Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Visitors traveling to Tulsa via Tulsa International Airport should expect to pay about $45 in taxi fare.
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