The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that the Rivers & Spires Festival, to be held April 24-26, 2014 in Clarksville, TN, has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014.
Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Rivers & Spires offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.
"The attractiveness of the Rivers & Spires Festival as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. "…Rivers & Spires has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives Rivers & Spires an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."
One overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave anywhere between $5,000 to more than $11,000 in a local destination's economy, according to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.
ABA's 2014 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Rivers & Spires from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event's broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria.
The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100.
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