Oct. 22, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 2009 World Acadian Congress being held from Aug. 7 - 23 has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2009 by the American Bus Association (ABA). Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson made the announcement today.
Inclusion in the list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the 2009 World Acadian Congress offers excellent entertainment value to tour groups and individual travellers from around the world.
"The World Acadian Congress is an important event in New Brunswick's tourism calendar for 2009, a fact that has been recognized by the ABA," said Jamieson. "We are excited that this event that celebrates our Acadian heritage and culture, and highlights the northern part of our province, has been selected for inclusion on this impressive list."
Recent studies by researchers at George Washington University and at Dunham and Associates indicate that one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 US to more than $13,000 US in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.
"The attractiveness of the 2009 World Acadian Congress as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for New Brunswick," said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA president and CEO. "The real news here is that the 2009 World Acadian Congress has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars at a time when re-energizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honour gives New Brunswick and, in particular, the Acadian Peninsula an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."
ABA's selection committee chose the 2009 World Acadian Congress from among hundreds of U.S. and Canadian events nominated by state and provincial tourism offices, and convention and visitors bureaus. Judges considered the event's broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria.
With the release of this list the ABA celebrates 27 years of top 100 events. 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 2009 Top 100 Events in North America list is available online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alison Aiton, communications, Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454; Jacques Robichaud, 506-860 7639, or Robert Frenette, 506-336-2010, 2009 World Acadian Congress.