2019 New York State Tourism Conference Schedule

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?

  • Business or Business casual for day time activities Wednesday-Friday.
  • Wednesday Night at RiverWorks - dress casual to have fun on the ropes course, backyard games and more.
  • Thursday Evening dinner "Taste of Buffalo" is at our host location the Hyatt Regency - casual and fun evening.

The program is meant to learn, exchange, connect and have fun.

Our host location for the conference is the Hyatt Regency Buffalo

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

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

Arrive early and join NYSTIA and Visit Buffalo Niagara friends in downtown Buffalo for socializing. All costs on your own, but registration is required for head count and tours must be paid upon registration.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

10:00 am "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

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

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

10:00 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Community Engagement - view description
Panelists: Phil Royle, Amanda Dana, Josiah Brown

Partnership Engagement - view description
Panelists:Greg LaDuca, Lana Perlman, Andrea Bornheim

Consumer Engagement - view description
Panelists: Dionne Williamson,Dr. Donathan Brown, Cindy Rodriguez, Sam Filler, Steve Williams

ADA/Accessibility Engagement- view description
Panelists:Bren Jobe, Sara Cook, Open Doors Organization (ODO), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

11:00 am Networking with Vendors and Sponsors

11:30 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Community Engagement - view description
Panelists: Phil Royle, Amanda Dana, Josiah Brown

Partnership Engagement - view description
Panelists: Greg LaDuca, Lana Perlman, Andrea Bornheim

Consumer Engagement - view description
Panelists: Dionne Williamson, Dr. Donathan Brown, Cindy Rodriguez, Sam Filler, Steve Williams

ADA/Accessibility Engagement- view description
Panelists: Bren Jobe, Sara Cook, Open Doors Organization (ODO), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

12:30 pm Lunch and Speaker
Dan Janes - CEO, Madden Media - view profile
Building Collective Impact in Communities - view session description

2:00 pm Networking with Vendors and Sponsors

2:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Community Engagement - view description
Panelists: Phil Royle, Amanda Dana, Josiah Brown

Partnership Engagement -view description
Panelists: Greg LaDuca, Lana Perlman, Andrea Bornheim

Consumer Engagement - view description
Panelists: Dionne Williamson, Dr. Donathan Brown, Cindy Rodriguez, Sam Filler, Steve Williams

ADA/Accessibility Engagement- view description
Panelists:Bren Jobe, Sara Cook, Open Doors Organization (ODO), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3:30 pm Networking with Vendors and Sponsors

4:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Community Engagement -view description
Panelists: Phil Royle, Amanda Dana, Josiah Brown

Partnership Engagement - view description
Panelists: Greg LaDuca, Lana Perlman, Andrea Bornheim

Consumer Engagement - view description
Panelists: Dionne Williamson, Dr. Donathan Brown, Cindy Rodriguez, Sam Filler, Steve Williams

ADA/Accessibility Engagement- view description
Panelists: Bren Jobe, Sara Cook, Open Doors Organization (ODO), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5:00 pm TPA Time with I Love NY

6:00 pm Reception hosted by ABC Creative

7:00 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.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

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