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American Bus Association Lists the Utah Shakespeare Festival as One of the “Top 100 Events in North America” for 2011

Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association


CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival has once again been recognized as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

Each year the American Bus Association (ABA) chooses 100 events in North America from hundreds of nominations by state tourism offices and local and regional convention bureaus as being the top events to visit.  The winners are chosen from festivals, fairs, celebrations, and other similar types of activities throughout the United States and Canada.

Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Festival offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to the ABA.

“It’s an honor to be listed among the other top attractions in the country,” said Bruce C. Lee, Festival communications director. “This gives us some great visibility that will help us educate more groups about the great destination we have here.”

"The attractiveness of the Utah Shakespeare Festival as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction,” said Peter J. Pantuso, ABA's president and CEO. "The real news here is that the Festival has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the Festial an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."

The Festival recently completed its annual summer season, and the fall season will run from September 16 to October 23. Plays being featured this year are The Adventures of Pericles, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Greater Tuna.

Tickets are available by calling1-800-PLAYTIX. You can also purchase tickets (as well as access a wealth of Shakespeare and Festival-related information) by visiting the Festival web site at www.bard.org.

Media Contact: Amanda Caraway, 435-586-1969, caraway@bard.org

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