One of Winnipeg’s most treasured institutions has been named among the best destinations in North America.
The American Bus Association has included Festival du Voyageur on its list of the top 100 events for 2014, it has been announced. Officials say its inclusion on the list indicates Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travellers from around the world.
"It is an honour for Festival du Voyageur to be named one of North America’s top events, and it demonstrates that Western Canada’s largest winter festival is a great experience for groups," said Ginette Lavack Walters, Festival’s executive director, in a news release.
In the same release, Peter J. Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO, said Festival’s appeal as a "don’t miss entertainment venue is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Winnipeg."
"The real news here is that Festival du Voyageur has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars at a time when re-energizing domestic tourism is so important to the economy. The recognition gives Winnipeg an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners," he said.
Next year’s Festival — a 10-day St. Boniface-based celebration of the fur traders who established the Red River Colony and the joie de vivre of the French-Canadian community in Western Canada — will be held from Feb. 14 to 23, 2014.
Festival was selected by an ABA selection committee from hundreds of event nominations submitted by its members. Judges considered criteria such as the event’s broad appeal, its accessibility to motorcoaches and skill at handling large groups, officials say.
Winnipeg’s Folklorama was the other Manitoba entrant that made the list.
To see the full top 100 events list, visit www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100