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 Member Event: Confidence & Hope: One Thought At A Time

Join OKWIL for their in-person member event where Lorrie Hellcat Bamford will speak to attendees on how to use your own story of resilience to build confidence and hope for the future. 

September 29, The National, An Autograph Collection

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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2023 - River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa


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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2023 - River Spirit Casino Resort, Tulsa

"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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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 14, 2022 Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Rockwell Campus, Oklahoma City
October TBA, 2022 - Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Rockwell Campus, Oklahoma City

OHLA Membership "Twice the Benefit" Event

Join us in OKC for our Member Education/STR Forecasting Luncheon! Members will hear from speaker Bill Fournet, Founder & CEO of the Persimmon Group, on "Leading Team Members Through Change Out Of Their Usual Job Boundaries and Better Than Before" and the STR 2023 Industry Forecast all while enjoying lunch and networking with others from the industy. 

September 8, 2022 | Skirvin Hilton Hotel

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! Stay tuned for the amazing things we're planning for our 20th Anniversary celebration - in 2023!

An Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation Event

OKC - July 7, 2022 - The Skirvin Hilton Hotel

Tulsa - July 19, 2022 - River Spirit Casino Resort

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 17-18, 2022  Bennett Event Center, OKC

Summer Member Event | STR Forecasting Luncheon

Where is the industry year-to-date for 2022, and what is on the horizon for 2023?

Lodging and tourism professionals are invited to get all the details during the OHLA annual STR Forecasting Session where you will learn about year-to-date lodging industry performance, and what's on the horizon for 2023. Bring your questions to this always valuable event.

September 8, 2022 - Skirvin Hilton Hotel, OKC

AHLA 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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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!

May 4, 2022 - Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma