Cherokee Heritage Center Recognized by Oklahoma Travel Industry Association

Jenifer Reynolds, host of “Discover Oklahoma”; Graham Lee Brewer, staff writer for The Oklahoman; Ashley Thirsty-Vann, genealogist for CHC; Callie Chunestudy, curator for CHC; and Lt. Governor Todd Lamb.

Published May 21, 2017

TAHLEQUAH— The Cherokee Heritage Center was recently recognized by the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association with a RedBud award for Outstanding Media Coverage Online.

The RedBud Awards represent the highest honor given in the Oklahoma tourism industry and were awarded during the 2017 Oklahoma Conference on Tourism.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by the OTIA and to receive a Redbud award for our work,” said Tonia Weavel, interim executive director for Cherokee Heritage Center. “We have the privilege of working with talented journalists throughout the year and appreciate their support of our organization.”

Emceed by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and OETA’s Jenifer Reynolds, 31 awards were given in 18 categories. The awards recognize Oklahoma’s top tourism attractions, events, programs and organizations for outstanding efforts to serve and promote Oklahoma’s tourism industry.

All entries were evaluated by a slate of tourism professionals on specific criteria, including customer service and experience, marketing effectiveness, media relations, variety of audiences reached, value, and overall creativity.

For a full list of RedBud awards, please visit

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