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Congrès mondial acadien 2004 Selected Top Event in Canada

Next year’s big event in Nova Scotia, the Congrès mondial acadien (CMA) 2004, has been selected as the top event in Canada by the American Bus Association (ABA).

The association compiles an annual list of the Top 100 events in North America from hundreds of nominated events across the United States and Canada.

"This recognition from a leading travel organization will certainly help promote Congrès 2004 across North America," said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "Our objective is to ensure that Nova Scotia is positioned as the premier destination for Acadian celebrations in the Maritime region."

"This recognition of the Congrès Mondial Acadien by the American Bus Association will showcase the Acadian regions of the province," said Chris d’Entremont, minister of Acadian Affairs. "It will have positive long-term effects on the development of tourism in these areas."

The Congrès mondial acadien 2004 is a world-class event that will see Acadians from around the world meet, exchange and celebrate the Acadian culture. CMA 2004 will take place from July 31 to Aug. 15 across Nova Scotia.

"It is truly an honour to be recognized by the ABA," said Congrès mondial acadien 2004 general manager, Vaughne Madden. "The contributions of all our partners has ensured that Nova Scotia is once again recognized as a top travel destination."

The Nova Scotia government has invested $750,000 to promote the Acadian celebrations between 2003 and 2005. CMA 2004 organizers estimate the event will generate $180 million in spending across Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the Celtic Colours International Festival were also once again on the American Bus Association’s Top 100 events for 2004. Both events have been on the Top 100 list several times.

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The Congrès mondial acadien 2004 in Nova Scotia has been selected as the top event in Canada by the American Bus Association.

The association compiles an annual list of the Top 100 events in North America from hundreds of nominated events from across the United States and Canada.

The Congrès mondial acadien 2004 is a world-class event that will see Acadians from around the world meet, exchange and celebrate the Acadian culture. It will take place from July 31st to August 15th across Nova Scotia.

It’s estimated that 180 million dollars will be spent across Nova Scotia during the event.

The Nova Scotia International Tattoo and the Celtic Colours International Festival were also on the ABA’s Top 100 events for 2004. Both events have appeared on the Top 100 list several other times.

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