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Thursday, September 9, 2010

W.C. Handy Music Festival in Top 100 for 2011

The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced that the W.C. Handy Music Festival to be held from July 22 to 30, 2011, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2011 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 W.C. Handy Music Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

With the release of the American Bus Association's 2011 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 29 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 the W.C. Handy Music Festival as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for The Shoals," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO. "The real news here is that the W.C. Handy Music Festival has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars.”

ABA's 2011 Top 100 Events Selection Committee chose the W.C. Handy Music Festival from among a record number of more than 650 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.

For more information about top events in Alabama take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Alabama.

For more information on the W.C. Handy Music Festival visit www.wchandymusicfestival.org