The Chickasaw Nation was recently named award winners by the U.S. Travel Association.

The nation received the 2013 Destiny award in both the Best Travel Website and Best Use of Social Media Platform categories during the group's annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations conference in Richmond, Va.

Destiny awards are given to destination marketing organizations at the local and regional levels to recognize excellence and creative accomplishment in tourism marketing and promotion, and to inspire the continued development of exciting destination marketing and promotion programs. More than 160 entries were submitted for various categories, and 17 awards were given in 17 categories. This year the awards were judged by JWT, an internationally recognized marketing and communications firm. Judges offered a unique perspective, because the agency was chosen to help develop Brand USA's national travel promotion strategy.

In addition, the nation also recently received two additional awards — Web Marketing Association's 2013 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, and Travel Weekly's Silver Magellan Award for its website, "Chickasaw Country."

"Our congratulations go out to all those who worked on these projects," said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby. "Earning these awards is a tribute to the outstanding teamwork, dedication and innovation of Chickasaw Nation staff and our partners. Everyone involved in these projects deserves special recognition for the creativity, skill and hard work involved in developing this far-reaching platform. We appreciate their work and their commitment to excellence."

Launched in 2011, promotes south-central Oklahoma as an international destination, highlighting nature, culture, recreation and entertainment. The site provides photos combined with detailed information about lodging, restaurants, attractions, recreation and events to provide visitors numerous ways to explore the 13 counties, known as "Chickasaw Country," that comprise the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation. Venues outside the boundaries supported by the Chickasaw Nation, such as Remington Park in Oklahoma City, are also featured.