by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2013
Why Here?

The Show Me State has some showing off to do: Everywhere, it seems, new hotels are popping up and established ones are revamping, as in Kansas City, above. Whether you're in search of a tucked-away boutique property or a massive resort, Missouri is ready to answer the call.

Just for Fun
Branson's Silver Dollar City amusement park has debuted "Outlaw Run," billed as the only wooden roller coaster to twist completely upside down.

Show Finder
Keep up with myriad stage offerings at, where you can even pre-order tickets.

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The 159-room Welk Resort Branson has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that gave guest rooms a new color scheme inspired by the looming Ozark Mountains, as well as upgraded granite countertops in bathrooms, ergonomic desk chairs, mini refrigerators, and new in-room beverage stations featuring Seattle's Best coffee and Tazo teas. The resort has a 2,200-seat theater available for events.

The 293-room Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel reopened in September 2012 as an almost brand-new property following a $20 million revamp in the wake of severe damage sustained during a tornado the previous February. Along with repairs to the property's infrastructure, new energy-efficient thermostats were installed in guest rooms. The hotel now has a total of 220,000 square feet of flexible event space. The Branson Convention Center, adjacent to the property, had considerably less damage and reopened in May 2012.

The Radisson Hotel Branson has completed a two-year, $5.5 million renovation that touched upon all 472 guest rooms, the lobby, meeting space and the Wildwood Bistro. Guest rooms now have 37-inch flat-panel TVs, wireless Internet and coffee-making machines. The hotel offers 15 flexible space configurations within a total of 15,000 square feet of meeting space.

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

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 $80

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
Perched on a limestone bluff, the LEED-certified Dewey Short Visitors Center offers interactive exhibits about the White River Valley, Table Rock Dam and many other local/regional landmarks. The facility also offers group tours of same. (417) 334-6394;

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