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Basilica of St. Fidelis named Best of the Best

Posted on December 21, 2021 at 9:44 AM by Brandon Cooley

Best of the Best Basilica

Basilica of St. Fidelis named Best of the Best

Hays, Kan. — The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that the American Bus Association’s Destinations magazine recently awarded The Basilica of St. Fidelis “2021 Best of the Best” designation in the category of Culture. 

Destinations magazine’s Best of the Best honors outstanding travel industry members who go above and beyond for the group tour industry. Categories include Adventure, Culture, Entertainment, Festivals & Events, Food & Beverage, Lodging, and Shopping. 

“The Basilica is the crown jewel of our Historic Churches of Ellis County tour. It draws visitors from all over the world, 365 days a year,” said Janet Kuhn, Convention and Sales Manager for the Hays CVB. Kuhn made the nomination and secured what is the first ABA Best of the Best award for the state of Kansas.

Those designated Best of the Best have the support of their peers and customers and are known for excellent service. The Basilica of St. Fidelis was chosen out of nearly 60 entries nationwide and was one of only 23 chosen in the Culture category.

“It isn’t easy deciding where to take a group tour,” said Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of the American Bus Association. “People can be hard to please, and even if you have some favorite places, it’s always helpful when you can find somewhere new to bring guests. Each of these destinations and attractions adapted to the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a respite for travelers who could not imagine a world without travel. That’s why we’re honoring the Best of the Best for 2021, featuring 59 top theaters, museums, festivals, experiences, hotels, and more. These are places that will leave your customers happy and impressed.”

Destinations magazine is a guide to North America's best group travel destinations, state-by-state itineraries, planning calendars, and essential marketing and strategic insight. Published bi-monthly, Destinations is available in print and online. To read the latest issue of Destinations, visit

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations, and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. For more information, visit