Albuquerque, N.M. – The 32nd Annual Gathering of Nations, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, between April 23 and 25, 2015, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by the American Bus Association (ABA) for its fifth year.
ABA’s 2015 Top 100 Events Selection Committee chose the Gathering of Nations, the world’s largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, 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 when developing the list.
“We are honored that the Gathering of Nations has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North American for 2015 by the ABA,” said Derek Mathews, founder of the Gathering of Nations. “Each year, tens of thousands of people from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world attend the pow wow and we want to make sure it is a positive experience for everyone. We strive to accommodate travelers, tour groups, and motor coaches with convenient parking and easy access to the pow wow so they can enjoy thousands of dancers performing different styles from many regions and tribes, the finest in Native American arts and crafts in the Indian Traders Market, Native American and Southwest cuisine, and contemporary entertainment performances on Stage 49.”
“The Gathering of Nations 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,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO. “The honor gives the powwow an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”
According to studies completed by researchers at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, motor coach groups can spend between $5,000 to more than $11,000 in a local destination’s economy during an overnight visit. Those dollars are used on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.