Welcome to Branson Missouri.
Subject: Forensic scientists (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 03/22/2011
Publication: Name: The Forensic Examiner Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Law; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American College of Forensic Examiners ISSN: 1084-5569
Issue: Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 1
Organization: Organization: American College of Forensic Examiners International
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Missouri Geographic Name: Branson, Missouri Geographic Code: 1U4MO Missouri
Accession Number: 254401135
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As many of you make your initial plans to attend the Executive Summit, the American College of Forensic Examiners International wants to cordially invite you to scenic Branson, MO, a premier destination for live entertainment, attractions, museums, wineries, shopping, the arts, golfing, and the outdoors. Many of you may be aware that our 2011 Executive Summit will be held in the city of the tradition's inception. Branson is located approximately 35 miles south of Springfield, Missouri, the site of association headquarters.

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The summit isn't the only reason to be excited about coming to the area!

Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel rises 12 stories above the adjacent Branson Convention Center. The hotel's 293 rooms offer stunning views of the Branson Landing and the Ozarks. The hotel lobby's sophisticated, urban-meets-nature aesthetic reflects a warm and inviting space that features a three-sided stone fireplace, natural wood accents, cozy, custom-designed seating areas and a stunning grand staircase that elevates guests to the hotel's second floor.

The hotel includes the following:

* Interior corridors

* Indoor and outdoor pools; whirlpool

* Fitness center

* Business center with computer, copier, fax

* Concierge service

* Gift shop

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Shopping

Throughout the Branson/Lakes Area, visitors can find outlet centers, shops, and galleries focused on arts and crafts, as well as boutique and specialty stores offering themed experiences for collectors, gift buyers, and bargain hunters alike. These shopping destinations offer name-brand clothing, jewelry, shoes, appliances, leather goods, glassware, home decor, electronics, books, music, movies, cosmetics, and more at outlet prices. You can find Alaskan and African art, '50s memorabilia, gourmet coffee, decorative candles, grandfather clocks, hand-made quilts, and more in Branson.

Dining

Branson dining options include a wide range of American, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, and more. You can also enjoy barbeque, pasta, ice cream, homemade pastries, and pizza at sit-down establishments, at one of the area's buffet restaurants, or have it delivered right to your hotel, campground, or resort. The area offers a number of lodging properties with full service restaurants and catering options.

Attractions

There is so much to see and do in the Branson area for visitors of all ages, either on land at a world-class theme park, on the water at Table Rock Lake aboard a dinner cruise, or high in the air on a helicopter ride. Adventure seekers can choose from a wide variety of authentic attractions including caves and caverns, movie theaters, scenic tours, and theme parks.

Outdoors

Within minutes of the bright lights of Branson, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, trout and bass fishing, hunting, trap and skeet shooting, spelunking rock climbing, and other recreational activities. Area public parks beaches, resorts, campgrounds, forests, and recreational facilities abound. The Branson Lakes Area has three pristine lakes with hundreds of miles of shoreline, as well as more than 100,000 acres of city state, federal, and privately owned wilderness areas to visitors.

Branson Airport

Opened on May 11, 2009, the Branson Airport is located 922 acres in the Ozark foothills of Taney County, Missouri just south of Branson. Just a 10-minute drive from Branson's center, the airport's address is 4000 Branson Airport Boulevard, Hollister, Missouri 65672.

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Branson Events Occurring Around and During Summit Dates

35th Annual Fire & Thunder Fireworks Display

(Through October 31st)

Shepherd of the Hills Fall Festival

(Through October 22nd)

Silver Dollar City's National Harvest Festival

(Through October 29th)

Salute to Veterans

(Through October 30th)

Ducks Go Boo

(Through 30th)

Plein Air Workshop & Paint Out at Big Cedar Lodge

(October 10-15th)

Bonnie & Clyde Festival

(Saturday, October 15th)

2nd Annual Titanic Firehouse & Charity Grill Cook-off

(Saturday, October 15th)

Event schedule subject to change

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The airport currently is serviced by AirTran Airways, with direct flights from Atlanta and service to over 50 destinations, and Sun Country Airlines, flying direct from Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Airport officials are working with other low-cost airlines to add additional direct flights from other major hub cities. Please visit our Web site often for airline announcements and special offers!

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the official car rental provider and the only on-site company for Branson Airport. Enterprise airport offices are open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call 417-336-2000 to inquire about placing a reservation.

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Common Misconceptions About Branson

Branson is all about country music.

While we love and honor our country music heritage, today fewer than hall of Branson's more than 100 shows feature country music. Variety is the best word to describe Branson's show offerings, with selections including popular music, Broadway, magic, dance, rock & roll, comedy, big band, acrobatics, Irish, and patriotic. There are shows that feature the song and dance of the '50s and '60s, and shows that pay tribute to legendary performers such as Red Skelton, Elvis, and The Beatles.

Branson is all about traffic.

Branson's famous Highway 76 does get lots of visitors; however, there are plenty of alternate routes that allow people to get around easily using Branson's color-coded route system. Driving on Highway 76 is now a choice that many take just to experience the excitement of the neon lights and to be with people exploring the many entertainment options the "Strip" has to offer. New four-lane highways leading to Branson from the north and south make traveling to the area easier than ever.

Branson is only for seniors.

While our area is very popular with senior visitors, Branson has been a family destination for many decades. Its beautiful rivers, lakes, rolling Ozark Mountains, award-winning theme park Silver Dollar City, and diverse live entertainment offerings draw vacationers of all ages and interests. When school is in session.... the number of families from great distances goes down during the week, so empty nest baby boomers and seniors do predominate. But on weekends throughout the year, and all summer long, Branson is filled with families enjoying everything Branson has to offer. Overall, families represent roughly 36.5% of the city's visitors (and nearly 40% in the summer).

Branson is mostly filled with people on motor-coaches.

While Branson is among the top three destinations for motor-coach travel in the country, only 5% of its total visitors come on buses. The dominant mode of travel to Branson has always been by family car (80.4%), with more Branson visitors flying into the Springfield/Branson National Airport and the Branson Airport every year.

Branson doesn't have upscale restaurants of hotels.

Branson has a wide variety of dining and accommodation choices, including upscale dining/lodging at Chateau on the Lake, Big Cedar Lodge, Clarion at the Palace, the Radisson Hotel, and others. The Hilton Promenade is open amidst the unique shops and diverse restaurants at the new lakefront Branson Landing, along with the new Branson Convention Center and Hilton Convention Center Hotel.
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