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July 12: Hospitality & Canals - Amtrak Discount to NYC - Golf Fundraiser

Share Your County's Hospitality Needs with NYPA and NYS Canal Corporation
What are the opportunities and challenges affecting lodging expansion in your canalside county/community? The team at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the NYS Canal Corporation want to hear from you!
Please join us at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 26, for a virtual open-floor discussion on how NYPA and the NYS Canal Corporation can work with you as part of their Reimagine the Canals initiative to increase overnight stays in areas close to Canals and Trails. Share your ideas, information, and thoughts during this important hospitality support discussion. »Details & Registration

Save Gas, Tolls & 15% - Take Amtrak to the Annual Meeting!
Amtrak is offering 2022 NYSTIA Annual Meeting attendees an energy-efficient and discounted train travel option to NYC. Travel by rail on Amtrak's Maple Leaf, Empire, or Ethan Allen service and save 15% on regular (coach) fares.

Go Golfing for NYS Travel, Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Students!
Charlie Daley is inviting one and all to register for the 30th Annual Destinations Of New York State and Henry Hudson Tours Golf Scholarship Fundraiser in the Great Northern Catskills. Join Bob Provost and members of the NYSTIA board for this great event! Registration includes beer and soft drinks during play, greens fees, a buffet dinner, an hour open bar & more. »Registration & Information.

2022 Travel - Positive Travel Trends, Still Work to be Done
Last week, Kelly Rapone of Genesee County Chamber of Commerce shared with us an important news article from Buffalo News discussing the ongoing ramifications COVID-19 restrictions are placing on border communities. With the Canadian government extending their ArriveCan app requirement until Sept. 30, the summer tourism season will suffer for the third year in a row.
Although U.S. Travel's June Trends Brief indicated a strong surge for the country's summer travel season and numbers for New York State indicate a positive trend towards increased travel spending, hurdles remain on the path toward full recovery.
NYSTIA will continue to keep members up-to-date with issues affecting NYS travel, and we welcome you to share important articles with us at

Member News

New Member Introduction: Bridget Rooney at Visit Syracuse
Bridget Rooney is the Digital Marketing Strategist at Visit Syracuse, working with the marketing team to grow brand visibility on digital media platforms and through various marketing campaign strategies. Meet Bridget...
NYS Canal Corp. and Erie Canal Museum Launch Free Lock & Powerhouse Tours
The New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canal Museum are offering free guided tours of Locks and Powerhouses on multiple Saturdays this month, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about canal operations and infrastructure. Read more...

1,000 MINIs Made a Pit Stop in Lake George!
More than 1,000 MINIs rolled into Lake George on Saturday, July 9, as part of the legendary MINI owners rally — MINI Takes the States. During this epic touring rally, MINI owners traveled from Burlington, Vermont to kick off a 9-day adventure toward South Carolina...Read more.
Meet the Members of the NYS Tourism Advocacy Committee
The newly-formed Advocacy Committee convened for the first time in June to discuss the issues affecting NYS tourism and how NYSTIA can tackle them. Members of the committee includes co-chairs Jeff Shipley at the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce (NYSTIA TPA member) and Hillarie Logan-Dechene at the Wild Center (NYSTIA Board, Museum / Attraction member). If you are interested in serving on the committee, please reach out to


NYSTIA's 2022 Co-Op Programs address digital infrastructure, market intelligence, destination management, group travel, and more! Click a program below to learn more:


State of the American Traveler, Technology Edition
July 12, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Destination Analysts will share the latest research on U.S. travelers’ use of new technology to plan trips and travel. Hayden Pigott of Miles Partnership will give an updated look at the world of TikTok and the opportunities...
Destination Marketing in the Metaverse
August 9, 2022 - 3:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Miles Partnershipprovides a straightforward overview of the metaverse within the context of travel and tourism and shares different ways that global brands are harnessing this technology to their advantage. Learn more/register...


MANY is reaching out to ask for your support as part of their National Endowment for the Humanities grant application. The goal of the project is to support the work of twelve museums and their communities to explore, reflect on, and tell the story of their role in the evolution of American Democracy and envision the future of our nation. Your response to their survey is equivalent to signing a letter of support for the project and does not imply a commitment on your part. »Learn more & take the survey.


NEW: Business Analyst & Marketing Strategist,
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Gathers and interprets data finding solutions to improve business processes and market intelligence, bringing a keen sense of the nuances of the varied audiences and business trends in the tourism and hospitality industry...Learn more & apply. 
NEW: Public Information Officer,
Oswego County Tourism
To plan and implement the public information activities designed to keep the public educated and informed regarding Oswego County local government programs, accomplishments, policies, and tourism attractions...Learn more & apply. 

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 in this newsletter for the general public.

Director of Operations, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
Public Information Officer, Oswego County Tourism
Marketing Communications Manager, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Marketing and Engagement Coordinator, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce
Public Information Specialist, NYS Department of Economic Development
Tourism Director, Warren County Department of Tourism
Vice President of Marketing, Destination Niagara USA
Communications Manager, George Eastman Museum
Public Information Specialist 1 (Digital Content), NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation