[vc_row center_row=”yes”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_single_image image=”121″ alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text]About Us[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_separator color=”black” border_width=”2″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Our Company
VIP Tours of Branson was created with the sole purpose of providing upscale guided sightseeing tours of Branson, MO and the surrounding area. It is a collaboration between Joe Gunnels Tours and Reservation Service and Bob Nichols Company, both firmly rooted in the Branson business community for nearly 40 years.
Joe Gunnels Tours has been providing the highest quality service to area visitors since 1988. Joe Gunnels Tours does local guided tours for bus groups in Eureka Springs and Bentonville, Arkansas, as well as here in Branson. For groups, families and couples alike, we highly recommend a day trip to Eureka Springs, for the Eureka Springs Tram Tours, which is ranked as one of the top 3 activities in Eureka Springs by TripAdvisor.com reviewers. Eureka Springs is just an hour drive from Branson.
Bob Nichols Company is an entertainment company with over 37 years experience in Branson, Missouri show business and entertainment industry. Since 1979, we have been providing live entertainment experiences that “Raise the Level” of excellence to a whole new bar. From live stage shows and community events, to exciting new attractions and outdoor activities, BNC is the “Go To Source” for our family friendly tourist destination, known worldwide.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#f49300″][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_column_text]Joe Gunnels
Joe Gunnels began his career in the tour business in July of 1978. Joe was hired as a local tour guide and tour bus driver in Eureka Springs, and fell in love with it right away. He knew it was where he was meant to be. After working for a few different local tour companies for 10 year, in 1988 he started Joe Gunnels Tours. Joe started the company as a Step-on Guide Service.
Almost immediately after starting the tour guide service he had groups asking him to help them with reservations for lodging, meals, shows, the Passion Play, etc. Then, less than a year later he had people asking him to help them in Branson, also. So, in 1989 he started Joe Gunnels Tours of Branson. Within 5 years the company had grown from $15,000 in sales the first year (1988) to $1.8 million at the end of 1993. Joe Gunnels Tours is also in business in one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the country right now, Bentonville, Arkansas. Home to not only Walmart World Headquarters, but also Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Cooper Chapel, Walmart Museum and many great hotels, restaurants and retail shopping options.
In February of 2016, Joe, stopped by to visit with longtime friend, Bob Nichols, in Branson at Bob’s office. During their conversation they talked about the idea of doing a very high quality local tour that would be different than any other local Branson sightseeing tour before. That conversation lead to the birth of a new business, VIP Tours of Branson. And with a business with VIP in the name, they knew the tour vehicle was going to be a big part of it. So tour guests will be riding in a brand new, custom built, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter luxury coach!
Joe and his wife, Laurie, live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Located just an hour south of Branson. They have four children, 3 grandchildren and are active members in the communities they do business in, as well as active members of the music ministry at their church, Word of Life Fellowship, in Bentonville.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text]Bob Nichols
Bob Nichols has been a part of the Branson, Missouri entertainment industry since leaving his home town of Monett, Missouri making him a bonafide local. With nearly 4 decades in “Show Biz,” Bob has written, directed, produced and starred in numerous live stage productions and community events, as well as establishing several of Branson’s newest, most exciting attractions.
In 1979, Bob began his professional career as a street performer at Silver Dollar City, returning there for several additional contracts as an entertainer in multiple venues, including a 10 year stint on the Showboat Branson Belle. He began producing live stage shows in 1991 with the creation of Branson’s first morning show, “The Bob Nichols Show,’ on the famous “76 Strip,” also known as Country Music Boulevard. During that time, the tourist mecca enjoyed the largest period of growth in it’s history, making the little Ozark town famous as “The Live Entertainment Capitol of the World,” according to CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
Over the next 25 years, Bob Nichols’ Company grew along with the town having the reputation of “Raising the Level” in each area of the business including live shows and productions in multiple theaters on the strip and several theme parks and outdoor attractions such as Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills, Adventure Ziplines and Xtreme Racing Centers. Ever the communitarian, BNC produced multiple community events and fundraisers such as “For the Vets,” and “Dancing with the Stars of Branson,” raising tens of thousands of dollars for non-profit community organizations. And, as the creator and producer of “The Missouri Food & Wine Festival,” Bob gained knowledge and experience in the food and beverage industry through his support of local wineries and eateries.
Bob is now grateful and excited to join his long time friend Joe Gunnels in offering VIP Tours of Branson to our visitors. Bob and Joe are intensely focused on proving our visitors with the highest quality “VIP guided sightseeing experience” available in Ozark Mountain Country. These local entrepreneurs have a reputation for storytelling with a comical flair and will be personally guiding most of the tours in 2016 and beyond. We hope to see you soon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”pages_sidebar”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row center_row=”yes”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”215″ alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”http://www.viptoursofbranson.com/fleet”][/vc_column][/vc_row]