A new land is opening at the end of Branson Island to expand the land’s entertainment, dining and cultural offerings.
The island’s mayor has told CBC News he’s hoping to attract some of the top performers in the world.
“We want to attract people who are going to have a great experience,” Branson Mayor Steve Loomis said.
“The idea is to open some new restaurants that we think will draw people in, and we’ll bring them into the area, and then we’ll expand it to the other end, which is going to be a major attraction.”
Loomi said he was aiming to attract the world’s top talent to the island, which has a population of just over 3,000 people.
Loomie said the first of these new restaurants will open in 2019.
“If we can attract people, we want to open these restaurants,” he said.
The islands tourism board has been working with the island’s economic development agency, the Branson Development Corporation, to determine how to develop the land, which was purchased in 2006 from an American developer, which had been planning to build a luxury hotel.
Lomis said the new restaurant will be built on the existing land, so that it will be a good fit for the islanders.
“I’m not sure what they will be, but we’ll be trying to find a location for it,” he added.
The land was originally used as a fishing pond, but it is now being developed as an entertainment and cultural attraction, with new restaurants and entertainment venues planned for the end zone of the island.
The mayor also said that Branson will host a public arts festival every year on the island for the next five years.
The Branson Islands Tourism Board said the development is part of a plan to attract international talent to Branson.
“This is an exciting time for Branson and for the entire state of Vermont,” board president Mark Kosten said.
Kostes said the city will be investing $3 million in the development to bring in international talent, including artists and performers.
He said the company that will take over the development, the New York-based company, is looking to add some new tenants.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring people from all over the world, and that includes the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj,” he told CBC.
The New York Times reported that the company is looking for a partner in New York, and is looking at the area of the city that includes Manhattan.
The newspaper reported that Loomic told the paper that he was excited about the project.
“You know we want people to come, you know we’ve had a lot of people come here,” he explained.
“And I think this is going, like, the best thing that we could possibly do.”