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Festival du Voyageur named one of North America's top destinations

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Rifles fire into the air to officially open the Festival du Voyageur Friday night at Voyageur Park. The Festival has been named a top tourist destination by the American Bus Association.

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Rifles fire into the air to officially open the Festival du Voyageur Friday night at Voyageur Park. The Festival has been named a top tourist destination by the American Bus Association. Photo Store

A U.S. organization has named the Festival du Voyageur one of the top 100 tourist destinations in North America for 2014.

The award, announced today, was made by the American Bus Association, thrilling both festival organizers and city tourist officials.

The festival is held every year in February and it celebrates the city's Francophone and fur trade roots.

"The attractiveness of Festival du Voyageur as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Winnipeg," said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA's president and CEO.

ABA's 2014 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Festival du Voyageur 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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