Gas receipts earn motorists discounts in Branson

Gas Buster Promotion Runs April 8 to September 30, 2005

Visitors will be rewarded with Gas Buster discount cards at Branson area businesses, when they bring the gas receipts incurred during their trips to Branson this summer to one of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB Welcome Centers, located at the intersections of U.S. Highway 65 and Mo. 248, and at Hwy. 65 and Mo. 160.

Visitors should present a valid driver’s license and proof of gas purchases totaling a minimum of $40, incurred within 2 days of arrival, at one of the Welcome Centers in order to receive the Gas Buster punch card worth $50 in discounts at participating area shows, attractions, restaurants, lodging and retail businesses.

Gas Buster discount cards and the accompanying list of participating sponsors will only be issued from the two Chamber/CVB Welcome Centers. Business hours are 8am to 5pm, Mondays through Saturdays and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. The Gas Buster promotion runs from April 8 through Sept. 30, 2005.

According AAA’s website on April 5, 2005, the average cost of regular unleaded gasoline in Missouri was $2.129 per gallon compared to the national average of $2.198 per gallon.

The results of a survey of 3,000 AAA members from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Indiana in a recent “AAA Midwest Traveler” magazine showed that 51% of motorists polled said they will be taking the same number of leisure trips this year compared to last year; 39% will be reducing their number of trips; and 10% will increase their number of leisure trips this year.

AAA Missouri Public Affairs Specialist, Don Redman said 48% of those polled reported that gasoline would have to reach $2.50 per gallon and higher before they would seriously consider making major changes in their lifestyle or driving habits to accommodate the higher prices. Fifteen percent of those polled said gas prices in excess of $4 per gallon wouldn’t cause them to make any change.

“We’d like visitors to consider Branson this summer, whether they take more, fewer or shorter trips,” said Ross Summers, president and CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB.

“Branson is located within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the country’s population and this makes us very accessible to families looking for world-class entertainment, theme parks, shopping, and outdoor and lake recreation,” he said.

“The Gas Buster discount promotion was developed by our business community so that families wouldn’t have to let gas prices stand in the way of the fun they could be having in Branson this summer,” Summers said.

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