Upcoming Events

The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association provides many opportunities for education, networking, and entertainment. Our committees work hard to plan events featuring top speakers, hot topics, and broad appeal. As we address the ever-changing needs of the industry, the OHLA reserves the right to put health and safety measures in place for the safety of our members and attendees, which might also include revisions to our annual meetings, events, and activities. We ask for your cooperation and support.

OKWIL Event: Community Outreach

Annually, OKWIL partners with a local charitable organization to hold a community outreach day - providing a great opportunity for members to give back to our community!

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Lodging Summit 

The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association's annual Lodging Summit is our most exciting event of the year incorporating a morning of engaging meetings for hotel operators, and our Vendor Expo featuring products and services from the lodging industry's best suppliers. The conclusion of the event focuses on recognizing the outstanding contributions of hotel employees, general managers, and properties during our Stars of the Industry Award Luncheon.

Our 2021 Vendor Expo will take place on September 7, 2021, in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Embassy Suites NW Expressway, OKC

Stars of the Industry Awards

This annual awards program honors Oklahoma's outstanding hospitality professionals for their service and commitment to the lodging industry. Since 1995, the OHLA has celebrated the best and the brightest in the lodging industry through our Stars of the Industry Awards. Each year, we invite OHLA members to nominate outstanding associates in 10 hospitality categories. In January during the Lodging Summit, we celebrate all nominees and announce the year's award recipients during our Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon. Join us in celebrating your "Stars of the Industry". Watch for nominations to open.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022  Embassy Suites NW ExpresswayOKC

"A Tasteful Affair" Legislative Reception

Annually, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, Oklahoma Restaurant Association, and Oklahoma Travel Industry Association host members during an important day at the state capitol. Members gather to discuss important issues to the lodging industry, and then join with professionals from the industry to welcome legislators for an evening of networking during one of the largest receptions in the state - "A Tasteful Affair". 

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March 9, 2022 Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City

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HospitAbilities Testing Days

Twice a year, the HospitAbilities program hosts testing days at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City to certify students. Volunteer evaluators will often scope out potential candidates on testing days to see who would fit best with their current work culture. Consider volunteering on one of our testing days or reach out to Roberta Helsley for more information. 

April 28, 2021 Virtual Testing
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Odyssey de Culinaire

Hosted in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, this annual event includes an amazing five-course dinner prepared by some of Oklahoma's best-known chefs who are mentoring Oklahoma ProStart culinary students. It's two nights filled with fun, style, and amazing food and wine! 

An Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation Event

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Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City
River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa

OHLA Summer Member Event featuring the Vendor Expo and STR 2022 Forecasting Lunch

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for the lodging industry. One that required the OHLA to transition the January Lodging Summit into a virtual event. As a result, we have now included the much anticipated Vendor Expo as a part of our summer membership event. And let's face it, by September we'll all be looking to make those personal connections once again! The day will begin with an exploration of the OHLA Vendor Expo, followed by our annual STR Forecasting Luncheon, and conclude with the OHLA Board of Directors Meeting.

September 7, 2021  Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

ORA Expo

Discover the newest products, latest innovations, and hottest trends in hospitality at the ORA Expo. This annual event attracts more than 3,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors while showcasing products from top manufacturers of food, equipment and hospitality suppliers. This event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association.

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August 18-19, 2021  Bennett Event Center, OKC

AH&LA Legislative Action Summit

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) unite to show lawmakers the strength of our industry in what will be your most important meeting of the year - and the OH&LA is encouraging members to join Oklahoma's delegation!  Click here to register with AHLA.  For more information about joining the Oklahoma delegation contact Patti Colley.
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