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Albany Tulip Fest Receives National Recognition

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Albany Tulip Fest Receives National Recognition

American Bus Association names 65th Tulip Festival a Top 100 Event in North America

ALBANY, NY - The City of Albany's 65th Annual Tulip Festival has been chosen as one of the American Bus Association's (ABA) Top 100 Events in North America for group travel in 2013.

ABA's Top 100 Events in North America is an annual compendium of the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. Each spring, a committee of ABA-member motorcoach and tour operators selects the Top 100 Events. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by state tourism offices and local and regional Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs). Albany's Tulip Festival was nominated by the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB).

"What has been known by many generations of Albanians and residents of the Capital Region is now shared with the rest of the country. We welcome everyone to experience first hand Albany's hospitality and the Albany Tulip Festival experience," said Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings.

"The Top 100 is one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public," said Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the ACCVB. "We're looking forward to welcoming more visitors than ever before to celebrate Albany during its 65th Annual Tulip Festival."

The 65th Albany Tulip Festival, a dazzling display of the city's Dutch heritage, will take place May 10-12, 2013, in Albany's Washington Park and other venues. For the festival, more than 100,000 tulips are planted throughout New York's Capital City.

Today's announcement took place at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, where twenty fourth-grade students from Loundonville Christian School planted tulip bulbs as part of the Journey North Program. In this program, students plant tulips, track their growth online, compare observations with other tulip gardens around the world, and learn about climate, geography and science in the process. In addition to the flowers planted today by these students, 1,000 tulip bulbs were distributed to other Albany schools. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center has worked with local school children on this project for 10 years.

The Tulip Festival begins on Friday with the Dutch tradition of scrubbing of State Street. Throughout the festival, historic Washington Park - decked out with thousands and thousands of tulips - is the backdrop for entertainment on three stages, more than 100 crafters, a host of food vendors and family fun entertainment. Among the highlights of the festival is the crowning of the Albany Tulip Queen on Saturday in Washington Park.

For more information about Albany's 65th Annual Tulip Festival, special itineraries and destination information - including accommodations, dining options and more - visit www.albany.org.

About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.

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