The 2019 New York State Tourism Conference is fast approaching and we are excited to be hosting the conference
in Buffalo. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 24 - Friday, April 26. We encourage to come early and stay late for the event as our friends at Visit Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls USA have planned exciting immersion programs.
What to wear?
The program is meant to learn, exchange, connect and have fun.
4:30 pm "Best of Buffalo" Tour with
Double Decker Bus Tours
Double Decker Bus is modifying their tour to make it extra special for NYSTIA attendees. The two hour tour will include a visit and tasting at The Barrel Factory which includes Lakewood Distillery and Pressure Drop Brewery and Wings along the way!
Additional Fee, Pre-Reg required, 25 min attendees for this tour, luxury mini coach-due to season.
7:30 pm Early Arrival Gathering
Misuta Chows Additional Fee, Pre-Registration Required
"Old and New Buffalo" Tour with Double Decker Bus Tours
Double Decker Bus will introduce attendees to the people and buildings that built Buffalo and their connection to the State and the World.
Additional fee, Pre-Reg required, 25 min attendees for this tour, luxury mini coach-due to season.
10:00 am NYSTIA BOD Meeting with lunch
2:00 pm Welcome Opening Session
Bob Provost-President/CEO, NYSTIA - view profile
Valerie Knoblauch-Pres. Finger Lakes Visitor Connection, Chair, NYSTIA BOD - view profile
Patrick Kaler-President/CEO, Visit Buffalo Niagara- view profile
Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive -view profile
Kick Off/Keynote Session
Roger Dow, President & CEO, US Travel - view profile
Network with Vendors/Sponsors
4:45 pm Shuttles begin to RiverWorks An evening of fun sponsored by Visit Buffalo Niagara
7:00 pm Shuttle begin return trip to Hyatt
10:30 pm Final Shuttle back to hotel
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome
Brian Stratton, Director of Canal, New York State Canal Corporation - view profile
Brian will share the exciting 2019 NYS Canal events in Buffalo
8:30 am General Session
Karyn Gruenberg, Sr. Vice President Partner Marketing, Brand USA - view profile
9:30 am Networking with Vendors and Sponsors
11:00 am Networking with Vendors and Sponsors
2:00 pm Networking with Vendors and Sponsors
3:30 pm Networking with Vendors and Sponsors
5:00 pm TPA Time with I Love NY
6:00 pm Reception hosted by ABC Creative
6:30 pm "Taste of Buffalo" Dinner - Grand Ballroom
8:00 pm Scholarship Called Auction
Scholarship Silent Auction will open for bidding Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 pm. closing on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm. The live auction will take place during the Taste of Buffalo dinner. Silent Auction items with descriptions will be set at tables among our Vendor and Sponsor exhibitors.
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am BRAND USA/Grant review and outcomes
9:30 am General Session - Universal Access, A Transportation Collaboration - view session description
Phil Royle, Development & Operations Director, LEGOLAND® New York Resort and Tom Phillips, Executive Director, Citrus Connection
10:30 am General Session - 2018 Year in Review
Ross Levi, Executive Director of Tourism, I Love New York - view profile
11:30 am Wrap Up and Findings - Farewell
12:00 pm Conclude