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American Bus Association Names Antietam Illumination A Top 100 Event

American Bus Association Names Antietam Illumination A Top 100 Event

The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced that the Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination, which next year will be held on December 6, 2008, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2008 by an elite 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 Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.
With the release of the American Bus Association's 2008 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 25 years of the 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.
ABA's 2008 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected the Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination 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. The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org.
During the 2007 Annual Memorial Illumination, the CVB was honored for being the major financial sponsor of the event which attracted more than 20,000 visitors to Antietam National Battlefield. The CVB's Tom Riford spoke at the opening ceremonies, and two buses were chartered by the CVB (with tour guides Charissa Stanton and Betsy De Vore providing commentary and information about the battle and the illumination).

Provided by The Crossroads, News and Notes from the Washington County Travel Industry. For more information visit www.marylandmemories.com.

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