by Carol Harris
SBJ Contributing Writer
The Branson Veterans Task Force estimates 1998 veteran events will generate an economic impact of $14 million to $20 million in the Branson area. The task force reported it was granted a 501(c)(3) exemption as a public-supported corporation last November and has been allocated $50,000 by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for out-of-market advertising.
The task force will open an office Feb. 23 at The Falls Shopping Center as a location for veterans and tour operators to visit and get details regarding Veterans Task Force events.
Reunion registry forms will be available at the office year-round, with the potential of greatly increasing the number of veterans included in the task force data base.
According to the Veterans Task Force, it will host seven events covering 25 days during 1998, including the Military Reunion Planners Conference
set for June 12-14. Invitations are targeted to 5,000 military reunion planners, with a goal of attracting 200 participants.
The task force estimated that 300 to 500 military reunions are hosted in Branson out of the 10,000 to 12,000 held annually.[[In-content Ad]]
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