American Bus Association names Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights one of North America’s 100 Best Events for 2016

09/25/2015

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Janet Wilson, PR & Marketing Director
239-334-7419

American Bus Association names Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights one of North America’s 100 Best Events for 2016

Holiday Nights Event is in its 40th year and has become an important Tourism Draw for Lee County and the Region

 
Fort Myers, FLA. (September 25, 2015) The American Bus Association (ABA) announced recently that it has designated the Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights to be held on November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2016. Edison Ford Holiday Nights has been featured in the September/October issue of Destinations magazine noting that Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.
 
With the release of the American Bus Association's 2016 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 34 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 Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights as a don't-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Edison & Ford Winter Estates," said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA's president and CEO.
 
"The real news here is that Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights 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 Edison & Ford Winter Estates an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners."
 
“The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is honored to be selected as an ABA Top 100 Event,” said Chris Pendleton, President / CEO of Edison Ford. “This will be the 40th year for Holiday Nights and is a must-see tradition in Southwest Florida. During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are decorated for the holidays. Visitors will also enjoy nightly entertainment, visits from Santa on select evenings, and new this year – specialty-themed rooms. Groups of all ages will enjoy a self-guided tour or a site historian led tour. During the event, the Edison Ford is open until 9 p.m. throughout the month of December.”
 
According to studies completed by researchers at Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motor coach group can leave up to $25,000 in a local destination's economy. Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes. "Tour groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said. “That's why Edison Ford’s Holiday Nights is truly a local economic asset. There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motorcoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay."

ABA's 2016 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Holiday Nights from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members. Judges considered the event's broad appeal, its accessibility to motor coaches and skill at handling large groups, and a variety of other relevant criteria.
 
The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org/Top100
 

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Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org