Progress Marches On in Broken Bow as Tourism Drives Growth


Broken Bow has become a top Oklahoma tourist destination in recent years, and the growth continues.

Southeastern Oklahoma city continues to see financial returns from local investment in promoting tourism and business

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Nestled in McCurtain County, you will find one of the most interesting cities in the Ark-La-Tex offering natural beauty and southern charm. While area residents have known about Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a long time, many Americans outside the Four States area have only recently become aware of the destination.

"I just love Broken Bow - it's ideal for me and my family," said Martin Sampson of Newark, New Jersey. "We brought our kids and grandkids to a great cabin, it's all amazing - the people, the food, the shopping - everything. If I didn't have a job in New Jersey, I would move here."

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Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce office is ready to greet
visitors and potential new businesses to the Oklahoma city.
Apparently, Sampson is not alone, because the vacation cabins in and around Broken Bow continue to be built, and the demand is still much greater than the current supply.

"Broken Bow is growing largely because of tourism," said Charity O'Donnell, executive director of the city's Chamber of Commerce and the McCurtain County Tourism Authority. "We are constantly getting new shops and building cabins - even though we have 800 cabins here already."

Area events allow people to see the city when they pass through Broken Bow. One of the biggest local attractions, Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show, brings thousands of visitors through the city, and many of them come back for a vacation or mini-vacation. "Fifteen tour buses come every year for the festival, and they shop and eat in town, Some even stay overnight," O'Donnell said. "Everyone loves and enjoys the Beavers Bend Folk Festival, and many people here help put on the event every year. It's all hands on deck. Broken Bow also gets a boost with school groups coming through the city"

To encourage further tourism, area residents are frequently starting new businesses that encourage even longer stays in area hotels or cabins. These business activities engage visitors even further in the community and enhance existing tourist activities, including the Duck Tours, adventure sport activities and outdoor fun at Broken Bow Lake.

Existing businesses in Broken Bow have also renewed their commitment to the city by making making major re-investments in area properties. "Wal-Mart underwent a full remodel, and the whole store replaced fixtures and added a fresh paint job," O'Donnell said. "McDonald's was also under construction and new plumbing was installed."

According to the Chamber of Commerce executive director, it is important for local business owners to feel support for their new projects. O'Donnell said her organization always travels to businesses who have made improvements or expansions. "We take pictures and post them online, Local investments made by our businesses, such as new product lines or expansion, help all of us." she added.

It seems the welcoming, pro-business atmosphere continues to yield positive results for Broken Bow and McCurtain County. And the growth shows no signs of slowing down - even in the face of unforeseen obstacles. O'Donnell said: "We recently had a lot of water and flooding that caused problems, but our local people and business community have worked hard to move forward."


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Progress Marches On in Broken Bow as Tourism Drives Growth
Broken Bow has become a top Oklahoma tourist destination in recent years, and the growth continues. News
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