Cherokee Nation earned tribal tourism award
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Sunday, October 07, 2012
10/07/12 at 4:52 AM
The Cherokee Nation recently received national attention for its tourism program.
During the inaugural Soaring Stars & Infinite Skies Silent Auction and Awards ceremony held recently in Billings, Mont., the Cherokee Nation was awarded Tribal Destination of the Year by the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association.
The Cherokee Nation tourism program was created in 2007 to help preserve and promote Cherokee history and culture. The endeavor has formed one of the most authentic and comprehensive American Indian programs.
Already touted as a top organization by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Cherokee Nation offers cultural tours and events and operates three museums in historically renovated Cherokee buildings. It also offers historic sites, gift shops and welcome centers, all supported by an interpretive program sharing a global Cherokee story.
"The achievements of the Cherokee Nation are based on its cultural, historical, natural and recreational resources," Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a recent statement. "Our success further strengthens Oklahoma as a top tourist destination in the nation and provides a much needed economic benefit to communities throughout the state."
For more, including group tour tickets, call 877-779-6977 or visit tulsaworld.com/cherokeetourism
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