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Jun 16, 2019

It really is worth it!

Dear Fellow NYSTIA Members,

It has been my pleasure to serve on the NYSTIA Annual Awards Committee for three years, chairing the committee in 2018. From my personal perspective, these prestigious awards are critical to advancing tourism industry standards as they recognize tourism industry partners for excellence and creative accomplishments in destination marketing and promotion and serve to inspire others to develop innovative programs that support the great New York State tourism industry.

That being said, having worked for a very small DMO, I know how hard it is to find a few hours to sit down and write your nominations. For many years I thought about it but did not do it. When I finally made the commitment to write and submit applications and then actually win two awards, I realized how very important it is to be recognized and celebrated for good work.

Winning a NYSTIA Tourism Excellence Award can be a great boost for the brand of your organization and the people that work for your organization and that recognition does not stop with the awards ceremony. You can leverage your success to better engage your stakeholders -staff, directors, tourism partners, community leaders - and help them understand the quality work that you do. Tell the world about your NYSTIA Award! It is really not bragging. It is showing your pride in being recognized by your peers for innovative and inspiring work that helps move New York State's tourism industry to higher and higher levels.

Take time to nominate, the rewards are many! NYSTIA's Tourism Excellence Awards are New York State's premier recognition program for the tourism industry. Take the time to be sure that your colleagues and programs are getting the recognition they deserve. Use this link to review the categories and submit a nomination today. If you are not the designated NYSTIA member for your organization or your organization is not a member, login as a GUEST here to submit your nomination.

Meg Vanek

Meg Vanek is the former Executive Director for the Cayuga County Office of Tourism and currently works as a freelance marketing and public relations consultant. Meg is a Distinguished Member Emeritus of NYSTIA.