MAY 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 66 M I S S O U R I attractions and many are great for off-site events or group outings. It's also a great desti- nation for attendees to bring their families. We have a great lineup of live shows, fun attrac- tions for all ages and many opportunities for outdoor recreation." The Showboat Branson Belle offers new live dinner shows with a cruise on Table Rock Lake for up to 700 guests, with multi-level viewing decks and a three-level dining and showroom. According to Explore Branson, the area is fast becoming a new golf destination. "Three courses have opened in the past four years and another three are planned to debut in the next three years," Cohen said. "A prime example of the direction golf is taking here is the Top of the Rock course at Big Cedar Lodge Resort. It's a Jack Nicklaus-designed, nine-hole course and is one of only 11 courses in the nation to be recognized by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program." Big Cedar Lodge Resort, in the rolling hills along Table Rock Lake, has 260 guest rooms across a collection of lodges, cottages and private log cabins, and a 10,000-acre nature park. Groups may enjoy activities such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, Segway tours, open-air tram tours, fishing and cruises on a 62-foot dinner yacht. The resort's Grand- view Conference Center has 20,000 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 1,000 people, with expansive lawn space for receptions and parties. According to Jason Robinson, director of marketing, the resort has opened phase two of the 50,000-square-foot activity center, Fun Mountain. "We have electric NASCAR-themed Go-Karts and a 30-foot ropes course that's perfect for team-building," he said. "This year, we debut our fourth championship golf course, Ozark National, and in 2019, Tiger Woods is opening his first public golf course here." The AAA Four Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center has 301 recently renovated guest rooms and suites, and more than 43,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space with 16 meeting rooms, a 51-seat theater and three executive boardrooms with state-of-the-art technology capabilities. The Thousand Hills Golf Resort and Con- ference Center includes cabins, condos on an 18-hole golf course and condos at Table Rock Lake. Meeting space includes the Golf View Courtesy Branson CVB Lake Taneycomo, Branson Murals of Missouri A number of communities throughout the state feature large murals that create an artistic focal point. Cape Girardeau has many murals but The Mississippi River Tales Mural is the largest and most dramatic. Located on a portion of the downtown floodwall and covering nearly 18,000 square feet, this 1,100-foot-long mural features 24 historically-themed panels that vividly portray the town's history and heritage; descriptive markers provide an explanation of each panel. An interactive Mural Mania quiz can be filled out as visitors stroll along the mural. n

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