Digital Original: Branson’s new mayor wants more attractions and fewer shows

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BRANSON, Mo.– On his first day in office, Edd Akers, the newly-elected Mayor of Branson, talked about how he plans to keep Branson from getting stale. His plan: add attractions instead of shows.  

“Our community is well-known for its music,” he said. 

Akers went on to say he’s not sure how lucrative it would be for Branson to add more shows to its entertainment lineup.   

“At one point in time it was a big thing to have over a hundred shows,” he explained. “That’s maybe changed now.” 

Akers argues it makes more sense to have fewer shows with heavier traffic than it does to have a lot of shows with light attendance.  

The alternative, he says, is adding attractions like the recently-constructed aquarium, which he says acts as a lure to tourists, who come for something new but stay for the shows Branson is famous for. 

“The shows depend on people coming to see them,” he said. “If there’s a new attraction that brings people to town, they’re going to do more than just that attraction. They’re going to be going to the shows.” 

When asked if he thought this would sit well with Branson’s population of show performers, he said there’s a good chance it won’t. He also said he’s open to criticism and a discussion about Branson’s future.  

“That’s very possible,” he said. “And that’s what I want to hear.”

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