September 18, 2008
MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial has been named a top event in North America for 2009 by the American Bus Association.
The American Bus Association recently announced the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial as a winning event in its 2009 list of the “Top 100 Events in North America.” In 2009, Vermont will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the region and the lake that bears his name.
“We are incredibly honored to have the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial be named a top event for 2009,” said Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde and chair of the Vermont Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. “The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial is expected to draw thousands of people from around the world to the Lake Champlain region, and many of the Quadricentennial events are perfect for motorcoach groups.”
The ABA’s Top 100 list is chosen from among 524 events nominated by state and provincial tourism officials and convention and visitor bureaus. A 14-member selection committee of tour operators bases its picks on the events’ broad appeal, their accessibility to groups arriving by motorcoach, and other criteria. The Hudson 400th Celebration of Discovery was also named a winning United States event for 2009. The full list of 2009 winners is on www.buses.org/2009Top100.
The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will be a year-long celebration that will kick off Dec. 31 at First Night Burlington, and more than 75 Quadricentennial events will take place in Vermont during 2009. Throughout 2009, Vermonters and visitors will enjoy a host of musical performances, art exhibits, bike tours, culinary festivals, history tours, interactive activities, cultural demonstrations, as well as the Burlington Quadricentennial Waterfront Festival and Signature Event July 2-12, 2009.
The annual ABA guide for professional travel planners and the general public, now in its 27th year, highlights the top fairs, festivals, parades and shows across North America. While the Top 100 are not ranked, ABA highlights the top U.S. and Canadian events for 2009.
The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.
For more information about the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, visit www.CelebrateChamplain.org
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: September 18, 2008 11:35:16