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There is good news for Branson locals and tourists alike—the brand-new Branson airport has a scheduled opening for May 2009. This is especially good news for Branson, Missouri tourism, as the new airport will be a valuable lifeline, eventually being capable of handling more than 1 million enplanements annually, many of them tourists and business travelers who will contribute to the local economy. The airport is a truly unique endeavor as it is “the fist privately-financed and operated commercial airport in the United States,” according to its official website.
Due to being profit-driven, there is much incentive for the airport to perform to high standards—from on-time take-offs and arrivals to its all-around customer service. It is also rolling out a unique program, called the GateONE Club. It connects visitors to Branson area attractions that best match their interests. Anyone can join free of charge and get a customized plan for what to do in Branson, based on their personal preferences. Members will also be eligible for discounts and a free online magazine. While not up and running yet, it will be soon. Both this program and the new airport are a boon to tourism and will make visiting Branson an even better experience than it already is.