Top military reunion destination invites planners to conference

Military reunion planners from across the country now have the opportunity to see for themselves why one of America’s most popular family vacation destinations is also becoming the number one destination for military reunions. Military reunion planners from all branches of the service are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Military Reunion Planners Conference April 25-28, 2005. This year’s conference is hosted by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Branson Veterans Task Force along with many area businesses.

“We are thrilled to be inviting reunion planners to town again this year to experience our area’s hospitality and patriotism. Once they do, we’re sure they’ll want to bring their groups to Branson,” said Teina Hammons, chairperson for the Military Reunion Planners Conference.

Conference attendees will be treated to four days of planned activities, informative presentations, a trade show and more, all for the purpose of helping them plan and organize successful military reunions in Branson. From selecting the right lodging to previewing dozens of entertainment venues and attractions, to meeting professional reunion organizers, this conference is one of the best tools available for military reunion planners, according to Hammons.

Conference organizers are offering an all-inclusive package for attendees that includes lodging, all meals during the conference, a wide variety of shows and attractions, several educational seminars, a trade show, a marketplace, and all local conference transportation. For only $50 per person, reunion planners can experience the best Branson has to offer. Each reunion planner may bring one guest for an additional $50.

“This conference will be educational, informative, and a great opportunity to socialize with other planners from around the country,” said Liz Stanley, co-chair of the Military Reunion Planners Conference.

“Our community is often referred to as the year-round home for veterans and active duty military personnel — a distinction we’re very proud to have,” said Dan Lennon, vice-president of marketing and public relations for the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “It is an honor to be hosting this prestigious event for the first time, and we look forward to many years of inviting veterans of all eras to discover Branson, America’s military reunion capital.”

Reunion planners must complete an application and profile sheet and meet basic requirements before their registration is confirmed. The requirements for the reunion planners are as follows: The planner may not have attended Branson’s Military Reunion Planners Conference in the past two years. The reunion group represented cannot already have a lodging contract for an upcoming reunion in Branson. The attendee must be the decision maker, a member of the decision committee, or authorized by the reunion organization to act as an information scout for the destination. 

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