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Feb. 7 Newsletter - LAST CHANCE to Submit Tourism Awards Nominations - 2022 NYSTC Speakers

Feb 7, 2022

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Final Chance to Submit Your Nominations!

You only have until 1:59 PM TONIGHT, 2/7, to nominate a deserving person/program/campaign for the 2022 NYS Tourism Excellence Awards! Nominating only takes a few minutes and provides the opportunity to:

  1. Recognize the hard work of your team and/or peers,Submit Nominations.png
  2. Share your own 'Best Practice' program, project, or campaign,
  3. Show us all that you have been up to the past year, and
  4. Support your future success

unnamed-5.png"Nominate your own company, a leader, or a partner in your county. This is a chance to proudly let us know what you and your team have been up to, or as a way of letting someone know how much you appreciate their hard work. As a previous winner, I can tell you that it is an amazing feeling to be recognized for your hard work!"
- Awards Committee Chair, Sarah Foster
Oneida County Tourism

meg vanek headshot.jpg"As a business leader and a marketing professional you know recognition is important, but with your resources stretched during these challenging times you may not be sure that nominating one of your organization's programs for a NYS Tourism Excellence Award is worth the investment of your time. I urge you to really think about the value these prestigious awards can bring you and your organization."
- Meg Vanek

PR & Marketing Consultant

If you've begun a nomination and are having trouble completing it, please contact Rachele at and she will help you. Nominate a Deserving Project or Individual.

Additional 2022 NYS Tourism Conference Keynote Speakers:

Jim McKenna w logo 400.pngJames McKenna - President/CEO

ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism)

James McKenna, President and CEO of ROOST will deliver the Thursday morning keynote at the 2022 New York State Tourism Conference along the theme of:

"DESTINATIONS 2030: It's all about the quality of place for residents and visitors." Read more.

Gavin Landry Executive Vice PresidentDirector.pngGavin Landry - Executive President/Director

The Americas at Visit Britain

Gavin Landry, Executive President/Director of the Americas at Visit Britain and previous Executive Director of I LOVE NEW YORK, will deliver Friday morning's keynote remarks "Reflecting on the Future of Transatlantic/International Tourism." Read more.



HUGO02.jpgNew Member Introduction: Hugo Acosta at CNY Latino

Hugo Acosta is the President/Owner/Founder and publisher at CNY Latino, the ONLY Hispanic-oriented newspaper and commercial Radio show in Central New York State. Between their monthly "bilingual" newspaper and weekly "Spanish" radio show, CNY Latino is the most direct and effective way to reach the large Hispanic population in the greater Central New York area. Read more.

unnamed-16.jpgNew Grant Program to Support NYS Canal Tourism & Events

Through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, the New York State Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor are launching a new competitive grant program to support tourism and recreation along the New York State Canal System. Read more.

e136b757-6426-48e6-b076-7236b1ae33ae.jpgx.jpegObituary for CONY's Former Executive Administrator Bob Klos Sr.

CONY's former Executive Administrator, Bob Klos, Sr., passed away on January 27 at the age of 88. Bob was named as CONY's Executive Administrator in 1975, faithfully and forcefully serving the association until his retirement in 2007. In 2004, CONY inducted Bob into its Hall of Fame, for his dedicated service to the outdoor hospitality industry. Read the obituary.


2022 Travel Show Plans:
Initial schedule, registration form and new booth features outlined in new Co-Op release. NYSTIA's Travel show presence will be undergoing significant investment and upgrade as we begin our 2022 recovery and resurgence initiatives. CLICK HERE for DETAILS

2022 ROVA Magazine Co-Op:
ROVA Is a travel lifestyle magazine focused on road vacations, outdoor adventure and the RV traveler.
April/May 2022 Issue Content:
Birdwatching, Best Places for Canoeing, Kayaking + Hiking
April/May issue NYSTIA Co-Op Section:
Exciting New York State Road Trips


Additional Co-Op programs will be shared in each future newsletter!


NYSTIA has access through Fiscal Note to search for, identify, and take action towards relevant NYS travel and tourism legislation being introduced and considered in Albany. If you are interested in a particular piece of proposed legislation, please contact View Proposed Tourism-Related Legislation In Our Action Center


Whether you're seeking a new opportunity or sharing one, don't forget about the NYSTIA jobs board! You can also submit your organization's open jobs which we will post on our website and this newsletter for the general public. Submit a Job Posting.

NEW: Digital Media Manager, Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

Full-time Digital Media Manager to handle a multitude of assets across Dutchess Tourism's owned media channels.

Read more.

Tourism & Visitor Information Specialist, Oswego County Community Development, Tourism and Planning Department, Oswego County. Read more

Director, Visitor Economy Management Office, Seneca Nation of Indians. Read more

Executive Director, Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Read more


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