American Bus Association Names Finger Lakes Wine Festival One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2015

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The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, July 10-12, offers the largest showcase of New York State wines with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, and culinary classes, all in one beautiful location. Tickets are available in December by calling 866.461.RACE or online at www.flwinefest.com.

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WATKINS GLEN, NY – The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, to be held July 10-12, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

 

“Watkins Glen International’s Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese continues to be one of the premiere wine-tasting events in North America and this distinction by ABA is an honor,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “Our collaboration with Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau, Gaffer District and Finger Lakes Wine Country continue to make this event a success.”

 

With the release of the American Bus Association's 2015 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 32 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

 

"The attractiveness of Finger Lakes Wine Festival as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Watkins Glen International," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. "The real news here is that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival 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 Watkins Glen International an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."

 

According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from US $5,000 to more than US $11,000 in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

 

"Motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That's why Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay."

 

ABA's 2015 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Finger Lakes Wine Festival 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 http://www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100.

 

Tickets for the 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, and accompanying weekend events will go on sale early December 2014. Ticket renewals will take place in October and November.

 

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, July 10-12, offers the largest showcase of New York State wines with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, and culinary classes, all in one beautiful location. Tickets are available in December by calling 866.461.RACE or online at www.flwinefest.com.  Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter (@FLWineFest, #FLXWineFest), and download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

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