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May 2, 2023

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🏆 Nominate for the 2023 NYS

Tourism Excellence Awards!

Fellow NYSTIA colleagues,

I am excited to be on the Tourism Excellence Awards Committee where we highlight and recognize your hard work throughout the year! We have a great year ahead for New York State Tourism and we are excited to learn more about what you have done at your locations. Recognizing this state for all it contributes to the tourism industry is triumphant and inspiring. From campaigns, creative strategies, and new development please help us recognize your fellow colleagues.

We look to you to nominate an organization, leader, or partner in your community whose proven that hard work has paid off. Let’s recognize someone or a destination for all the work they put into creating New York State as a premier tourism destination. This committee is dedicated to streamlining the process by reading through every submission and making the most deserving decision. Nominating only takes a few minutes, but the impact of recognition will last a lifetime.

There’s no better way to cheer our state on in all its beauty, activities, sights, and gastronomy we have to offer than to recognize them through the New York State Tourism Excellence Awards!

Hayley Coriaty

Tourism Excellence Awards Committee Co-Chair

One World Observatory

Nominate Today!

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In This Newsletter:

2023 NYS Tourism Excellence Awards

  • Note from Committee Co-Chair Hayley Coriaty: Nominate Today!

NYSTC23 Recap:

  • Career Testimonials Video by Paperkite
  • Photos & Speaker Presentations
  • "Thank you, Jennifer Ackerson!" - note from student attendee

Travel Show Recap:

  • Dream Destinations Springfield

Member News:

  • NYSTIA Partner Feature: Tim Myers at AirDNA
  • New Member Introduction: Jonathan Golicz at Unicomm, LLC
  • The Canalway Challenge is On!
  • NYSTC23 Takeaways from BBG&G's Kayla Lloyd
  • Key Takeaways from Connecting the Dots Between Tourism Marketing & Real World Impact
  • Governor Hochul Announces Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants
  • Juneteenth Celebration 2023

Webinars & Events:

  • Destinations International: Town Hall
  • National Travel & Tourism Week


  • Leisure Group Travel Magazine

Job Postings:

  • Visitor Services & Accounting Specialist, Visit Rochester
  • Social Media & Photography Specialist, Corning Museum of Glass

🎥 Tourism: Your Career Destination!

Whether you're thinking about working in tourism or have been for decades, this industry provides some of the most exciting, meaningful, and boundless career paths to venture into. Hear from NYSTIA members and NYS tourism & hospitality professionals on why they love working in tourism. 


We can't thank Susan Green and her team at Paperkite enough for their hard work in creating this special video at the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference, which debuted as the highlight of Thursday evening's banquet. Click the thumbnail below to watch! 👀

View NYSTC23 Photos & Presentations

"Thank You, to Jennifer Ackerson!" - Note from NYSTC23 Student Attendee

"I wanted to touch base with you since it's been about a week since the conference. Words cannot express enough how helpful you were during those two days. Having someone as kind and as fun as you was the best introduction into the tourism industry I could have hoped for. I'm excited to have your advice, accepting opportunities as they come, following me into the rest of my college career and forward. Thank you for taking the time to help us network, thank you for the words of encouragement, and thank you most importantly for making it as daunting as it first seemed."

- Ryleigh, NYSTC23 student attendee

Paul Smith's College

Thank you, Jen, for being such a valuable mentor to student attendees at the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference!

Travel Show Recap: Dream Destinations Springfield

NYSTIA exhibited at the Spring Dream Destinations Travel Show at the MGM Springfield on April 30th in downtown Springfield Massachusetts. We saw a steady flow of attendees stop by our booth look to plan their vacations throughout the entire state. Attendees were predominately families and retirees. 

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Member News

All News

NYSTIA Partner Feature: Tim Myers at AirDNA

Tim Myers is the Account Executive of Tourism & Destinations at AirDNA. Tim oversees new business development and sales on the East Coast, Midwest, and various parts of the US and Canada. The North American DMO sales team currently works with 220+ tourism organizations (DMOs, tourism boards, and chambers of commerce).

Meet Tim

New Member Introduction: Jonathan Golicz, Travel & Adventure Show Series

Jonathan Golicz is the Vice President of Unicomm, LLC - Travel & Adventure Show Series. As the organization's Vice President, he is responsible for providing an authentic, fun, and experiential experience for travel consumers, advisors, media, and influencers and providing an audience of qualified travel buyers for the exhibitors to sell to.

Meet Jonathan

The Canalway Challenge is On!

Join the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and help spread the word: promote the Challenge, bring more people to enjoy the canal corridor, and maximize tourism impact. Use their pre-written social media copy and photos to start spreading the word online.

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NYSTC23 Takeaways from BBG&G's Kayla Lloyd

Kayla Lloyd, Marketing Manager at BBG&G, shares some of her takeaways from the 20023 NYS Tourism Conference, most notably her insights gathered from Thursday morning's 'NYS: Best of America's Great Outdoors' panel presentation.

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Key Takeaways from Connecting the Dots Between Tourism Marketing & Real World Impact with Mobile Location Data Webinar

NYSTIA Marketing Analyst Ryan Maercklein provides an insights and key takeaways from the April 26th Connecting the Dots Between Tourism Marketing and Real World Impact with Mobile Location Data webinar presented by Near.

Read more

Governor Hochul Announces Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $6 million in grants is now available to help communities facing environmental justice challenges and address environmental concerns. The latest round of Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants is...

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Juneteenth Celebration 2023 Planned in the City of Auburn, New York

The City of Auburn is rich in Black history, pride, and culture, and sites throughout History’s Hometown are planning special events during June to celebrate the legacy of freedom in the place Harriet Tubman called home. 

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Upcoming Events

All Events

Destinations International: Town Hall: Summer 2023 Update

May 3, 2023 - 1 PM

Virtual | Destinations International | Register

National Travel & Tourism Week

May 7-13, 2023

Event | U.S. Travel | Learn more

Featured Co-Ops:

All Co-Ops

Leisure Group Travel Magazine

Nobody reaches more groups! Join October's 6th Annual New York Special Section: the perfect place to share your experiences and the October edition is the right time. Your message will be seen during appointment setting for ABA Marketplace and NTA Travel Exchange.

Learn more & Sign Up!

Job Postings

All Jobs

Visitor Services & Accounting Specialist,

Visit Rochester

Visit Rochester is the official destination marketing organization for Rochester and Monroe County. Visitors include tourists, meeting and convention delegates, sporting event participants and attendees, visitors to friends and relatives, and...

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Social Media & Photography Specialist, Corning Museum of Glass

Manages the Museum’s social media channels, from strategy to implementation. Conducts research and develops robust content and voice on multiple channels plus plans and schedules all content. Engages with the Museum’s diverse... 

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For more information about NYSTIA membership, events, advocacy, Co-Ops, and other services visit: www.nystia.org

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