Scholarship Auctions

2018 Scholarship Auction at the "I Love New York" Empire 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 our NYS colleges and universities.

Our scholarship committee has rounded up travel packages for the 2018 auction, with a combined value of over $29,000. There are over 35 silent auction items and 29 live auction items from every region of New York State.

Auction details:

  • Monday, April 23, 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 Tuesday, April 24, 7:00pm. Winning bids will be posted in the dining room during Tuesday's dinner before the live auction kicks off.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 7:00pm: Silent auction closes for bids.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 8:00pm: Live auction begins in the conference dining room. Even if you didn't join us for dinner, stop by and join in the auction fun!
  • Packages will be available for pick-up on site, with payment. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Receipts available. If you have questions.

Click the links below for a list of donors, list of silent auction packages, and list of live auction packages.

SILENT Auction Items  (90.1 KB)
LIVE Auction Packages  (89.5 KB)