Bus tourists invited to Dawson Music Festival

The next bus pulling into town for the Dawson City Music Festival may not be a retired school jalopy that has undergone the ‘cool bus’…

The next bus pulling into town for the Dawson City Music Festival may not be a retired school jalopy that has undergone the ‘cool bus’ conversion.

The festival has just been bestowed with a spot in the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association, a Washington, DC-based, thousand-bus organization that carries tourists to Hilton’s, casinos and other attractions each season while educating them on homeland security, motorcoach safety, and, through its “save a penguin, take a motor coach” campaign, the ecological benefits of mass transit.

“This is a significant accomplishment for the Dawson City Music Festival,” said Tourism Minister Elaine Taylor.

Last year, an estimated 125,000 visitors came to Yukon via motor coach.

The festival takes its place among attractions such as Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration and The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina, Florida, in the association’s guide, 10,000 of which are scheduled for publication and distribution to members and travellers at large.

It defeated “hundreds of nominations,” to become one of only 19 Canadian attractions to make the list. (BM)