by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2015
BRANSON

Local Update
 Earlier this year, the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center completed a renovation of all 301 guest rooms and suites, which now sport new furniture, including granite-top desks and bedside tables, beds and more. Among the resort's meeting-space upgrades is a new 684-square-foot executive boardroom equipped with a 54-inch touch-screen HD TV. The property now offers 43,500 square feet of function space, plus a 14,000-square-foot spa.

 Branson Landing, the colorful mixed-use complex that opened in 2006, recently welcomed several new retailers and restaurants, including a Buffalo Wild Wings and Missouri Mountain Moonshine, which offers a moonshine tasting bar and a restaurant featuring pit-smoked BBQ.

 Branson Airport (code BKG) is now accessible from several major U.S. cities via Branson Air Express, including Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston, and New Orleans. Also new is a direct connection to Cancún, Mexico.

Meeting Hotels: To find and compare hotels in the Branson Lakes area, and to send RFPs, go to mcvenues.com.

Convention Center: Branson Convention Center; exhibit space, 50,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 5; (417) 336-5401

Airport Transit: Branson Airport, 10 miles from downtown. Transfer by taxi, about $25

Taxes: State tax, 3%; education sales tax, 1%; City of Branson sales tax, 1.5%; City of Branson tourism tax, 4%; transportation district tax, 1%; plus other assorted taxes. Total tax on hotel rooms, 12%

Group Venue: The Showboat Branson Belle, a Southern-style riverboat, can host up to 700 for banquets in its dining room or 40 in the smaller Paddle Wheel Club Room. The vessel, which is docked at the White River Landing on Table Rock Lake, can be taken for a two-hour excursion or remain docked for events. An on-site galley and audiovisual equipment are available. (800) 888-7277

Contact: Explore Branson, (417) 334-4084 or (800) 296-0463