Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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Page 25 of 35 26 Hospitality Showcase By Kristy Alpert T he Tan-Tar-A Resort was a place for relaxing and meeting with friends and family long before the first walls were constructed. In the 1950s, Burton Duenke traveled from St. Louis to the Lake of the Ozarks to meet his brother for a fishing getaway at his brother's cabin at Mallard Point. While sitting around the lakefront one evening, the brothers came up with an idea to devel- op the land and share their fishing spot with others by purchasing 3,800 acres down a gravel road on Turkey Bend and constructing 12 picture-perfect cottages and an arrowhead-shaped pool overlooking the lakefront. Duenke chose to name the resort Tan-Tar-A, a Blackfoot Indian word that means "one who moves swiftly," and as if to honor the namesake, he opened the resort in record time and welcomed his first guests on July 4, 1960. Today, the Tan-Tar-A Resort has grown into a popular gathering space for families and offers some of the most sought-after spaces for hosting small meetings in the region. The 420-acre resort offers more than 650 guest rooms, including 125 suites; an indoor waterpark; a marina; and convention and conference venues with than 90,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space. The resort is split into two complexes: the Estates Complex and the Resort Complex. The Resort Complex comprises multiple interconnected buildings with guest rooms and suites within walking distance of the resort's dining and rec- reation facilities. The Estates Complex, located 10 min- utes from the main resort, is reminiscent of a quiet suburb, with houses of various floor plans, the largest of which offers six rooms in one building. Although Duenke passed away in 1994, his legacy at the Tan-Tar-A lives on through his five children who continue to own and manage the long-standing family business with Duenke Enterprises, LLC, including the Tan-Tar-A Estates. The family welcomes small groups to gather and unwind in the same way their father did many years ago, now in one of 32 meeting rooms with space for up to 3,500 guests. Missouri's Lakeside Retreat Photos courtesy Tan-Tar-A Resort

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