The New York State Fair has been named one of the top 100 events in North America for people traveling by motorcoach, according to a committee of tourism experts for the American Bus Association.
The ABA’s selection committee chose the Fair from a record 650 nominated locations, based on criteria that includes the Fair’s broad appeal, entertainment value, motor coach accessibility and skill at handling large groups.
The entire “Top 100″ list was posted on the ABA’s Website this week, and will be published as a supplement to Destinations Magazine. The unranked list included only two other New York events, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in Watkins Glen.
“The attractiveness of The New York State Fair as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the Fair,” said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the Fair has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when re-energizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy.”
The 2010 New York State Fair ended its 12-day run Monday with the third-highest attendance in the event’s 164-year history. A total of 999,845 people attended the Fair.
“We are gratified to have been selected as one of the continent’s best tour-bus destinations and hope more people travel to Upstate New York for their family vacations or long weekends as a result,” State Fair Director Dan O’Hara said. “The Fair, like New York State as a whole, offers an incredible variety of attractions for diverse groups of travelers.”
Although the 2010 Fair is over, hundreds of thousands of people will be drawn to the Fairgrounds for a wide variety of events over the next 12 months. Many of those visitors will travel from outside Central New York to attend major motor sports events, prestigious horse shows, popular consumer and trade shows or other events.
Many of those travelers are likely to benefit the Central New York economy by spending money on lodging, meals, shopping, souvenirs, sales taxes and other nearby attractions or events. One overnight visit by a motorcoach group, for example, can add between $5,000 and $13,000 to an area’s economy, according to the ABA.
A year-round schedule of Fairgrounds events is available on the Fair’s web site.