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ABA Names GlassFest One of North America's Top 100 Events

Corning, NY - The American Bus Association (ABA) awarded GlassFest presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company,  held annually over Memorial Day Weekend, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 GlassFest offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

Coleen Fabrizi, Executive Director of Corning's Gaffer District stated, "We are honored to be included on the ABA Top 100 Events in North America list again this year. GlassFest is Corning's Gaffer District's premier event that features live outdoor glassmaking, world-class museums and galleries, music entertainment, an outdoor art show and a breathtaking fireworks display. While they're here, groups can experience beautiful Historic Market Street with special shopping and dining promotions throughout the Gaffer District. The best part is that it's a FREE four-day event! "

With the release of the American Bus Association's 2016 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 33 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 GlassFest as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Corning's Gaffer District," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. "The real news here is that [your event] 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 Corning's Gaffer District 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 GlassFest 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 2016 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected GlassFest 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.

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