Christa Mekki, Founder of Magnetic
Magnificent Events and President-Elect 2018 of SITE Northern
California Chapter, Pleasanton, Calif.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
What kind of meeting did you host in
Oklahoma City and what made it such
For the last three years, we have hosted a
large, multiday, international conference
at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma
City. The proximity from hotels to the convention center is one of the main factors
that made our event a success.
Why is this city up and coming?
It is such a fun city. From the convention center, all the action is within walking distance.
One of the areas, known as Bricktown, has
become an amazing foodie neighborhood
with an array of food types, friendly Oklahoma service staff and affordable prices.
Are there other factors making OKC a
hot destination to watch?
Oklahoma City is developing a rail transit
from the convention center area and neighboring hotels to other destinations around
the downtown area. This development, when
finalized, will make it easier for attendees
to get around, enjoy the city and experience
more of the city’s greatness, without piling
into a charter bus or ride share.
What were some venues that worked
well for your program?
Working with the Cox Convention Center and the Renaissance Oklahoma City
Convention Center Hotel for our meeting
space was such a pleasurable experience.
The Cox team executed all plans with ease.
The Renaissance made sure our guests felt
valued throughout their stay.
We also utilized an off-site venue, Level
III Lounge. The venue is within walking
distance from the host hotel and convention
were able to buy out for a welcome recep-
tion for attendees. It was the perfect way to
kick off the event. Level III Lounge was fully
equipped with lighting, sound, ambiance,
VIP sections, a great staff and a full bar. They
even added the resident DJ for our event.
What did attendees like most?
Attendees enjoyed the ease of accessibility to nightlife and food outlets, and the
affordability. Getting the Southern hospitality, Oklahoma style, was a high point for
attendees as well.
Urban districts are heating up in a multitude of places around the country. We asked meeting planners for input on what cities they think are up-and-coming and why the locations are
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