Today we spotlight Branson, Missouri – one of the Heartland Chapter’s valued sponsors.
What is recently new in Branson?
One thing you can count on in 2021 is Branson finding new ways to entertain you and your attendees including new thrilling attractions, live shows, world-class golf, and celebrity dining experiences.
- Aquarium at the Boardwalk-This aquarium is unlike any other aquarium you’ve visited. Guests will get a thrill from up-close views of amazing sea creatures ranging from colorful fish, seahorses and jellyfish to octopi, eels, and sharks! Observe more than 250 different animal species, an original 5D submarine adventure to the bottom of the sea, a 24-foot-high Kelp Forest climbing structure, a gorgeous 16-foot view of a coral reef, two mirrored art installations that give the sense of infinite ocean life and more than 7,200 individual sea animals.
- Payne’s Valley Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge- Paying tribute to Ozarks-native and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Payne Stewart, Payne’s Valley will be the first public-access golf course designed by 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods and Woods-led golf course design firm, TGR Design. Payne’s Valley will stand out with its inviting layout, pristine water features, large fairways and greens, and spectacular 19th hole… the Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™.
- Guy Fieri’s Branson Kitchen + Bar- Guy Fieri, famed chef, author and television personality, is making his mark at Branson Landing. His new Kitchen and Bar boasts unique, bold flavors packaged inside signature sandwiches, scratch-made entrees, house-smoked meats and mouthwatering desserts that can be enjoyed in a scenic atmosphere on the banks of Lake Taneycomo.
What new is planned for next year in 2022?
Branson is a unique, under the radar destination and we are experiencing a tremendous amount of growth. Stay tuned for more grand opening announcements!
How is Branson working with event planners who are planning events during 2021?
“We have been helping meeting planners put on safe and successful events with enhanced safety protocols and best health practices implemented by our hospitality partners to ensure that you can attend meetings and events with confidence and comfort in our city and offering state-of-the-art technology solutions for hybrid events,” explains Mariya Baker, Director of Meeting and Convention Sales. “We are a tight community! When meeting and event planners bring their events to Branson, our entire community is behind their event ensuring its success. We believe successful meetings make us all stronger!”
How do you believe the event industry will evolve during this year and into 2022?
While hybrid meetings are here to stay, recently, there has been a lot of positive sentiment for live, face-to-face events. Our convention calendar for this fall is full!” says Mariya Baker, Director of Meeting & Convention sales.
What interesting fact about Branson do most people likely not know?
Branson is surrounded by three pristine lakes: Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals.
Table Rock Lake has 857 miles of shoreline, that’s more than in California!
Why is Branson so special?
“There is no secret sauce: genuine hospitality, amazing natural beauty, and unique venues (such as gorgeous hotels, luxury lakeside lodges, a cutting edge, modern convention center),” says Mariya.
What do you like most about being a part of the PCMA Heartland Chapter?
“PCMA Heartland Chapter keeps us all connected – meeting planners, suppliers, students. Even in the lowest of times! I often reflect on the moments we shared during PCMA Heartland Chapter Happy Hour gatherings in 2020 lifting each other up,” says Mariya.
What is your tip for experiencing a hidden gem when visiting Branson?
“Our biggest tip – bring your family and extend your stay when you are coming to Branson for a meeting or convention! There is so much to see and do. You will make memories that will last a lifetime!”
Thank you, Branson, Missouri for your support of the Heartland Chapter!