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MS Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Biloxi MS 39535-8298



September 8, 2014

Nicole Misita
Public/Media Relations Manager
Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau





MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST - The American Bus Association (ABA) announced today that Carnival on the Coast has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Carnival on the Coast offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. 

With the release of the ABA's 2015 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 33 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.

 "The attractiveness of Carnival on the Coast as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO.  "The real news here is that Carnival on the Coast 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 Mississippi Gulf Coast an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."

 According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from $5,000 to more than $11,000 in a destination's economy.

 "We are ecstatic to have the Mississippi Gulf Coast included in this prestigious list!" says Renee Areng, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 ABA's 2015 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Carnival on the Coast from hundreds of nominations submitted. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau submitted Carnival on the Coast for this honor, and 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


The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau is an organization charged with promoting South Mississippi as a tourism and convention destination worldwide.  Its mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure, convention, sports and business visitors to the area.  It is dedicated to maximizing the travel and tourism industry for South Mississippi.