THE Reunion Friendly Network (RFN), a national organization dedicated to educating veteran military reunion planners will be in Branson at the invitation of The Branson Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the host hotel, Lodge of the Ozarks from April 20-23, 2009. The event will feature the area as a “Reunion Friendly” destination with many attractions of interest to military reunions. Local hotels, restaurants, attractions and shops, will have the opportunity to showcase this prime location for events of this type.

RFN services more than 8,000 qualified military reunion planners, representing all branches of military service, from WWII to the present day, who run reunions annually. An average military reunion involves direct payments to the hotel of approximately $40,000, with an economic impact of approximately $500,000 on the community. As a niche market, these military reunions add well over $6 billion dollars to tourism within the United States.

The Branson ConFAM event will be the 195th in the 18 year history of The Reunion Friendly Network, educating more than 4,000 veterans in the basics of planning a reunion, while giving them the opportunity to visit military reunion friendly destinations for their reunions. Leaders within the hospitality industry have praised RFN’s unique style of bringing together military reunion planners and hotels. Between ten and fifteen ConFAMS are held annually, usually at the request of a convention and visitors bureau, a hotel management company, or a chain of hotels seeking to target the desirable military reunion market. Joining the host city’s exhibitors will be those from other states throughout the country, as well as volunteer Military Reunion Planners from all over the United States who plan military reunions ranging from 40 attendees to 900 attendees.

Following two days of the planning seminars and exhibitor marketplace, Branson co-sponsors will continue to showcase to the military reunion planners two days of Familiarization as a “Military Reunion Friendly” destination.

The Reunion Friendly Network President Paul Spiewak, Charlene Adamson, Executive Vice President, and Gale Helser, Director of Communications, have determined that Branson is an ideal destination for military reunions and are delighted to accept this city’s invitation. Military Reunion planners from every area of the country, as well as exhibitors from the local region and other states will converge for this event. As one military reunion planner recently promoted RFN and their “Reunion Friendly” destinations, “…cities which subscribe to RFN’s services go out of their way to entice the military reunions to their area.” Branson is no exception!

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