By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Athletes and collectors are coming to Norman in the near future, and they will be bringing their money.
Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau sales professionals Susan Bash and Michelle Hohlier reported this week that three sales leads were booked during August.
Based on industry standards, the estimated impact of the bookings is $375,260, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Tourism’s economic calculator.
The sports market is a good one, and the successful booking of the Triple Crown Sports Softball Tournament for May 28 through June 2 is likely to bring athletes, family and fans to town, they said.
Taylor Mauldin reported that NCVB staff also is working with organizers of the 2014 National Toothpick Holder Collectors’ Society who are coming to Norman for their annual conference. NCVB will assist organizers and help promote the event. NTHCS was established in 1973 and has 700 members.
FanFest at OU football games has been a fun experience, with NCVB staff giving out information and gifts alongside tourism partners hoping to promote Norman as a destination to come early and stay late during football season and beyond.
Norman Visitors Guides were distributed this past month at several events, including Panhellenic Orientation at Lloyd Noble, OU Graduate Student Orientation and Norman sooner Kickoff. Five leisure groups were serviced, and 1,300 visitors guides and brochures were distributed at those events in August.
Five other groups and conventions were serviced with 1,135 visitors guides and brochures distributed, including the Frontier Country Marketing Association Guides, city and state maps, and information about the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Andy Alligator’s Water Park.
Coming Nov. 2, the annual National Weather Festival will bring a number of visitors to Norman and provide further outreach opportunities to tell those folks about all the great things happening in Norman, NCVB Interim Director Stefanie Brickman said.