WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (December 1, 2015) – The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced that the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, to be held on July 15-17, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for Group Travel in 2016.

This list of honorees was formulated by an expert tourism industry selection committee with criteria centered on events that offer excellent entertainment value to tour groups from around the world, according to ABA. Winners are published in a supplement to Destinations magazine.

“The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese continues to stand out as one of the premiere wine-tasting events in North America, and we are honored to be included in ABA’s selections,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “With 2016 being a celebration of the Festival’s 20th anniversary, we are working to make it bigger and better than ever.”

What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new products and events into their itineraries has grown into one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators, and the general public.

“The attractiveness of Finger Lakes Wine Festival as don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Watkins Glen International,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s President and CEO. “The real news here is that Finger Lakes Wine Festival has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism remains so important to our spirit and economy. The honor gives Watkins Glen International an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”

ABA’s 2016 Top 100 Events in North America committee selected the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese. Judges considered the event’s broad appeal, accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria.

The Top 100 list is available online at: www.buses.org/news/publication/top-100-events?/News-Publications/Top-100

Tickets for the 2015 Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese, and accompanying weekend events will go on sale next month.

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