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NYSTIA to Present 2019 Tourism Excellence Awards September 27

Aug 20, 2019

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) will hold its 6th Annual Tourism Excellence Awards on September 27th at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY. The judging process involved quantitative online scoring from a diverse panel of judges from the tourism profession. Awardees were selected based on specific category criteria, including demonstrated commitment, leadership, and accomplishment in travel and tourism. A specially commissioned painting by noted New York artist Cindy Harris will be featured in the physical awards presented this year. The winning individuals or organizations will be announced at the awards brunch.

“Being part of the NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Awards selection committee and this process has been in its own way an award. Reading about and seeing the remarkable tourism initiatives being implemented in our state was a sincere pleasure, for myself and for our entire committee. New York State is diverse in many ways and the ingenious ways tourism marketers are finding to highlight there communities is inspiring. This year's NYSTIA awardees represent the elite among a field of stellar nominations." Lisa Burns, Chair NYSTIA Tourism Awards Committee and Executive Director, Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council.

"It is fitting that we celebrate the creativity, innovation and success of New York State's best tourism marketers. The efforts of NYSTIA's 200+ members drive economic growth and employment in communities across New York, from Montauk to Niagara, Staten Island to the St. Lawrence Seaway. They make a difference in countless ways in countless communities. Their passion for all things New York inspires and challenges us all. We are privileged to recognize our 2019 Honorees." Bob Provost, President and CEO, NYSTIA.

The Tourism Excellence Awards are the culmination of NYSTIA's two day Annual Meeting taking place on September 26 and 27 at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY. NYSTIA's Annual Meeting will be held at a luncheon on September 26, followed by Shape Your Future 2020 marketing meetings and presentations. Later that evening attendees will enjoy great destinations, great food and great networking as they explore Auburn's attractions and venues. Immediately following the awards brunch on the morning of September 27, I LOVE NY Executive Director Ross Levi will address the attendees regarding New York State's tourism initiatives.

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