Add another accolade to the list of many for Branson.
In its second annual report, San Diego-based Eventful Inc., a leading online source for local events across the country, has recognized the “entertainment capital of the world” as a top place to visit in the United States.
Branson took second place in the music category, beating out Los Angeles and Chicago. New York was ranked No. 1.
“It is quite an honor to be recognized,” said Lynn Berry, director of public relations for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “For us to be ranked by Eventful shows that we have put our very best effort forward to make Branson a popular destination.”
Eventful analyzes U.S. cities with populations exceeding 100,000, as well as cities with smaller populations.
Berry said travelers do a lot of research before choosing a destination and rankings available on the Internet make it easier to make decisions.
“Everyone likes to check out a top 10 list before they go to a destination. It gives them an idea of what to expect,” she said.
Branson’s No. 2 ranking by Eventful was great news for Marketing Director Dave Ledford at Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
“Anytime Branson can be recognized, it’s great for our community,” he said. “People are always looking for a place that offers great entertainment and lodging and Branson is just the place for it.”
Hollye Gurley, general manager of the Baldknobbers Theatre, said that more than ever, Branson is making a name for itself.
“Branson does some pretty impressive events like Veterans Homecoming and Festival of Lights. With our 50th anniversary coming up, we are proud to be a part of the exciting things that go on here,” she said.
Eventful has many categories, including most eventful cities, small but eventful cities, top cities for music lovers and even top cities for pet lovers.
According to Eventful, its community of users enjoy the world’s largest selection of local events taking place in markets across the globe, from concerts and sports to singles events and political rallies.
Eventful provides multi-platform services to its users via eventful.com, e-mail programs, mobile applications and content distributed through widgets and apps.