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New York State Tourism Industry Association 2017 Tourism Excellence Award Winners Announced

Oct 30, 2017

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Watkins Glen, NY - The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) recognized individuals and organizations for their high level of excellence and accomplishments in New York State's tourism industry at the 2017 Tourism Excellence Awards Dinner, held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Glen Club of Watkins Glen International.

Listed below are the 2017 Tourism Excellence Awards winners:

Excellence in Tourism Marketing
Private Sector Effort
Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY
“April the Giraffe" Multi-Media Marketing Campaign

Excellence in Tourism Marketing
Statewide Effort
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Parks Social Media Program

Excellence in Tourism Marketing
Regional Effort
Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Niagara Garden Tourism Initiative

Excellence in Tourism Marketing
County Effort
Sullivan County Visitors Association, Ferndale, NY
“Sullivan Catskills - Experience the Good Life" Multi-Media Campaign

Cultural Heritage Award – Small Budget Entity
Wayne County Office of Tourism, Lyons, NY
Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour

Cultural Heritage Award – Large Budget Entity
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY
PASTIME: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Online Collection

Visitor Services Award
Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY
Visit Buffalo Niagara University

Excellence in Leadership
Kelly Rapone, Tourism Director
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Batavia, NY

Excellence in Tourism Economic Development
New York Power Authority Niagara Power Project, Lewiston, NY
Niagara Power Vista & Discover Niagara Shuttle

Partner in Tourism – Business or Association
Mary Jo Savino, Operator, Corning, NY

Partner in Tourism – Individual
Harvey Botzman, Rochester, NY
New York Bicycling Coalition

Excellence in Service
For Service as NYSTIA Board Treasurer 2014-2017
Andrew Nixon, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

NYSTIA President and CEO, Jill Delaney, states, “As the fourth largest employer in the State of New York, the tourism industry continues to grow and evolve, leading to ever more impressive accomplishments. We are honored to have a night set aside to recognize the successes of our industry innovators with the goal of inspiring creativity and passion throughout New York State's tourism industry."

2017 recipients were presented with trophies, sponsored by AAA Magazines. Meredith Travel Marketing provided a reception for the honorees and attendees, followed by the dinner, hosted by Advance Media New York.

The New York State Tourism Industry Association ( is a statewide membership based organization for travel and tourism related businesses. NYSTIA is a 501c6, New York State not-for-profit Corporation engaged in the business of advocacy, leadership, marketing and professional development.