Explore Branson Destination Ascends with Nearly 10 Million Visitors in 2021
Niches Driving Growth in SW Missouri Ozarks Oasis; 10 Golf Courses, Three Lakes, Dozens of Live Shows Beckon
By Brian Weis
Explore Branson, the Destination Marketing Organization for the popular tourism venue in the Southwest Missouri Ozarks, announced a record number of travelers in 2021. Nearly 10 million people selected Branson to visit last year.
Approximately 9,996,000 visitors came into the region in 2021, a significant increase over COVID-19 impacted 2020, and also increased more than 10% over 2019, the last non-COVID-19 affected year.
While overall numbers were up across the board, the positive trends held true for many destination niches, not the least of which is golf. Branson's 10 courses, live entertainment theaters, exceptional lakes, and family friendly activities are renowned for their variety and quality.
All 10 Branson Golf courses are open to the public and range from luxury resort to popular daily fee options. Located close to one another, the courses are ideally situated near a plethora of visitor options including lodging, restaurants, theme park, museums, and countless other attractions without losing their idyllic natural settings that enable players to escape into the Ozarks' natural bounty.
Traveling to Branson is convenient as it is within a one-day drive for 50 percent of the U.S. population. Those who prefer flying can choose between Springfield-Branson International Airport (SGF) - which has the most commercial airline choices - and Branson Airport (BKG), into which a significant number of private flights choose and to where some low-fare carrier routes arrive.
Six of Missouri's Top 10-rated courses are in the Branson Golf destination, including the top three. Some of those are ranked among the country's top 100 public courses by leading magazines.
"The numbers don't lie - Branson is a destination that appeals to so many, and now that we're emerging from the pandemic, it's wonderful to see statistics showing that people are coming in record numbers," said Lynn Berry, Explore Branson Director of Communications. "We're fortunate to have so many great and new golf courses, and we know that they are one reason why more people are choosing to visit us."
Course designs by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Bob Cupp, and Tom Fazio combine with first-class playing conditions, welcoming hospitality, and five courses that are certified by Audubon International for their environmental and conservation best practices.
Branson is annually voted a TripAdvisor community top U.S. destination, ranking No. 3 in 2021.
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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