2018 NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Award Winners

Sep 24, 2018

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) is proud to recognize leaders in New York State's tourism industry in announcing the recipients of the 5th Annual NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Awards. The winning individuals or organizations were selected based on demonstrated commitment, leadership, and accomplishment in travel and tourism.

“The NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Awards celebrate and reward private and public-sector people and organizations that go above and beyond with their marketing campaigns and strategies, producing outstanding results that deserve to be recognized in a state-wide forum. This year's Awards Committee did a stellar job of selecting the best of the best among so many commendable nominations." Meg Vanek, Chair NYSTIA Tourism Awards Committee and Executive Director, Cayuga County Office of Tourism".

"The tourism marketing of NYSTIA's members drives economic growth and employment in communities across New York, from Montauk to Niagara, Staten Island to the St. Lawrence Seaway. It is critically important that we take the time review their work and celebrate the creativity, innovation and success of New York State's best tourism marketers. Their passion for all things New York inspires and challenges us all and we are privileged to recognize our 2018 Honorees." Bob Provost, President and CEO, NYSTIA.

The NYSTIA Annual Meeting and Tour Tourism Excellence Awards will take place on October 18 & 19 at the Great Escape Lodge in Warren Counties beautiful Lake George. The two-day event starts on Thursday with a NYSTIA business meeting, election of Board Members and spotlight speaker Jim Siplon, COO JUST Water. Followed by an evening of networking with great food and beverage as we take a historic and culinary journey through the City of Glens Falls.

Friday morning, we celebrate at the 5th Annual Tourism Excellence Awards recognizing the best in New York State tourism at a lovely brunch. I Love NY Executive Director, Ross Levi will close out the morning inspiring us all for 2019.

To learn more, register and sponsor and for a full listing of award winners click here www.nystia.org/

2018 Tourism Excellence Awardees

Overall Tourism Marketing
County Level Effort $500K+
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Unexpected Buffalo

Overall Tourism Marketing
County Level Effort -$500K
Visit Binghamton
Be a Part of Our Story

Overall Tourism Marketing
Private Sector $500K+
Niagara Falls USA
Repositioning an Iconic Brand

Overall Tourism Marketing
Private Sector -$500K
Captain Jerry Gertz
Erie Canal Cruises

Overall Tourism Marketing
Regional Level Effort
Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council
Beyond Wine Campaign

Tourism Marketing Project
Digital Marketing Campaign
Dutchess County Tourism
“Dutchess Live" Facebook Live Project

Tourism Marketing Project
Printed Collateral Materials
Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
Annual Erie Canalway Map and Guide

Board of Directors Chairperson's Award
Wendy Gibson
NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Tourism Marketing Project
Public Relations Campaign
The sights, shops, and stories of Northern New York

Niche Marketing
Operating Budget $500+
Hunter Mountain
It Gets In Your Head

Niche Marketing
Operating Budget -$500K
Mohawk Valley Path Through History Committee
Bike Through History

Visitor Service - Private Sector
Watkins Glen State Park
Visitor Center

Visitor Service-Public Sector
Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Online Visitor Service Training Program

Special Project
Greenwich Regional Chamber of Commerce
Greenwich Lighted Tractor Parade

Josh Teeter
NYS - Parks Finger Lakes Region

Young Professional Leadership
Rachel Laber Pulvino
Visit Rochester