Scholarship Auctions

2019 Scholarship Auction at the New York State Tourism Conference

The Annual Tourism Scholarship Auction, sponsored by Destinations of New York State (DONYS) in partnership with the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA), funds the Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary College Scholarship Fund for NYS-based students who will one day become our industry leaders. This year, the scholarship fund will award five $2,000 scholarships to tourism, hospitality, or culinary students in NYS colleges and universities.

Our scholarship committee has gather amazing Travel Packages, NYS Craft Beverage Baskets, and other wonderful items for the auction. Last year the combined value was over $29,000 with 35 silent auction items and 29 live auction items from every region of New York State. (This year the packages have topped $35,000 in value!) We truly have a wonderful and generous group of tourism professionals in NYS- Thank You!

Auction details:

Wednesday, April 24, Noon:

  • Silent auction opens for bids. Clipboards with bidding sheets will be on tables in the pre-function area (exhibitor networking area). Check back in and keep bidding through Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm:

  • Silent auction closes for bids.
    Winning bids will be posted during the "Taste of Buffalo" dinner before the live auction kicks off.

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm:

  • Live auction begins at the "Taste of Buffalo" Dinner

Winning Bidders can pick up their packages/prizes on site, with payment - located within the ballroom.

Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Receipts available.The attached PDF showcases the fabulous supporters of last years Scholarship Auction. We are humbled and honored by their generosity. Take a look at the generous 2018 scholarship donors!

THANK YOU to the following tourism partners for their generous donations to the
2019 DONYS/ NYSTIA Scholarship Auction!

1000 Island Harbor Hotel

1000 Islands Int'l Tourism Council

Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival

Adirondack Winery

Adventure Calls Outfitters, Inc.

Adventureland Amusement Park Long Island

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort

Alicart Group

Antique Boat Museum

Arts at the Palace

Bay Street Theater

Ben's Foundation

Best Western Plus Inn & Suites Cooperstown

Best Western Plus Kingston

Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites

Bike Rent NYC

Black and Blue Steak and Crab

Boldt Castle (Thousand Island Bridge Authority)

Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina

Break the Ice Media

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn Museum

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Casks and Kegs Tours

Christine Smyczynski - NYS Travel Writer

Cider House Campground

Classic Harbor Line

Clayton Island Tours, LLC

Clove Creek Dinner Theater

Colgate University Bookstore

Corning Museum of Glass

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lake George George/Queensbury

Courtyard by Marriott Saratoga Springs

Cradle Aviation Museum

Crafting A Brand

Delaware & Ulster Railroad

Destination Niagara USA

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum/USS Slater

Discover Albany

Discover Saratoga CVB

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown

Dutch Apple Cruises

Earl Enterprises (for Planet Hollywood New York and Buca di Beppo Times Square)

East Wind Long Island

Embassy Suites Syracuse

Empire Farm Brewery

Entertainment Cruises

Experience! The Finger Lakes, LLC

Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn

Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival

Finger Lakes Visitor Connection

Fort Ticonderoga

Fort William Henry

Four Points by Sheraton, Plainview Long Island

Frederick Remington Art Museum

Genesee Country Village and Museum

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce

Glen Iris Inn

Gray Line NYC Sightseeing

Great Camp Sagamore

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Guggenheim Museum

Gulliver's Gate

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown

Hampton Theatre Company

Harbor Hotel Chautauqua Lake

High Peaks Resort

Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center

Historic Hudson Valley

Holiday Inn Auburn

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Watertown/ Thousand Islands

Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn

Holiday Inn Resort Lake George

Holiday Valley

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Solsville

Hudson River Cruises

Hudson Valley Healing Center

Hyatt House Fishkill

Hyatt Place New York/ Yonkers

Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta

Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons

JetBlue Travel

King Neptune's Pub & Nightclub

Lake George Steamboat Company

Landmark Inn

Lavenlair Farm

LEGOland New York Resort

LeRoy Historical Society/JELL-O Museum

Like A Local Tours

Livingston Co. Chamber of Commerce

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises

Long Island Children's Museum

Long Island Marriott

Maid of the Mist

Martha Clara Vineyards

Melville Marriott

Microtel Inn & Suites, Middletown, NY

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Millennium Hilton One UN Plaza

Mohonk Mountain House


Mountain Ridge Adventure

Museum of Eldridge Street

Museum Village

National Comedy Center

National Geographic Encounter

National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame

New Hope Mills

New York Botanical Garden

New York State Parks

Newfane & Olcott Tourism Board

NYC Photo Safari

Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

Old Fort Niagara

Old Westbury Gardens

On Location Tours

One World Observatory at One World Trade Center

Oneida County Tourism

Peek 'n Peak Resort

Prison City Pub & Brewery

Ramada Inn Watertown

Raquette Lake Navigation Co. Inc.

Ray Brothers BBQ

Red Fox Run B&B

Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square

RPM Raceway

Saratoga Arms Hotel

Seaglass Fine Art Photography

Seward House Museum

Sherwood Inns & Appetites

Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park

Six Flags Great Escape

Slater Brothers Entertainment

Sleepy Hollow Lake Campground

Springside Inn

St. Ann's Warehouse

Staten Island Museum

Sunny Hill Resort

Taste of Troy Food Tours

Terry Hills Golf Course

The Adelphia Hotel

The Adirondack Experience at Blue Mt. Lake

The BrickInn

The Buffalo History Museum

The Century House

The City Beer Hall

The Desmond Hotel Albany

The Fire Island Lighthouse

The Fun Spot

The Gideon Putnam

The Hotel at Batavia Downs

The Hyde Collection

The Inn at Saratoga

The Long Island Museum

The Museum of Modern Art

The New York Yankees

The Parting Glass Irish Pub & Restaurant

The Saratoga Hilton

The Shops at Columbus Circle

The Sightseeing Pass

The Skyscraper Museum

The Strong - National Museum of Play

The USS Slater

The Wild Center

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

This Is Cooperstown!

Thousand Islands Winery

Thurman Station Association

Top of the Rock


Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Visit Ithaca

Visit Rochester

W New York Union Square

Yaddo Garden Association

W New York Union Square

Yaddo Garden Association

Thank you to our Scholarship Committee:

Kelly Rapone

Lauren Humphrey

Connee Brown

Rhonda Vaccaro

Meghan Lawton

Scott Flaherty

Tillie Youngs

Tanya Brand

Joanne Conley

Heather McElhiney

Danielle Walsh

Charlie Daley

Debbie Venneri

Jennifer Ackerson

Jennifer Purtill

Mary Kay Vrba

Wendy Gibson

With additional on-site support provided by:

Christine Worth

Dawn Borchert

Corey Fram


Bob Provost

Christine Hoffer