October 3, 2023

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2024 Tourism Champions:

  • Sign Up Online Today!


  • NYSTIA Presents at Niagara University
  • Travel Show Recap: Schenectady Drive Electric Fair
  • Take the New 2023 NYSTIA DEAI Survey

Member News:

  • 2023 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners Announced!
  • Daniel Rickman Named SBA Director for Syracuse, NY
  • New York State Delegation Welcomes the 2025 Ryder Cup to Bethpage State Park
  • New York State Features in ROVA August/September Issue


  • Business Operations Summit, October 9-11

Featured Co-Ops:

  • ITS2023: NYS Marketplace Co-Op Exhibitor Package Available
  • ROVA: The Magazine for Epic Road Trips

Job Postings:

  • Marketing & Communications Manager, Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Social Media Director/Operations Manager, Content Studio @ Martinelli Custom Publishing

NYSTIA Presents at Niagara University

On Thursday, September 28th, Rachele Markle, Brooke Wilson, and Nate Gresock had the opportunity to speak to students at Niagara University about the New York State Tourism Industry Association, the tourism industry in NYS, and the vast opportunities in New York State for tourism-related occupations.

We would like to thank Bridget Niland and Brandi Guerinot, both members of the NYSTIA Higher Education Advisory Council, for inviting us to speak on their campus!

Nation's #1 Most Attended National Drive Electric Week Event! We were there!

Did you know that the most attended National Drive Electric Week event in the country is in Schenectady, NY?  As part of NYSTIA's effort to promote sustainable tourism, we exhibited at the New York Capital District Drive Electric Week & Sustainability Fair in Schenectady, NY. We saw attendees of all ages come through the booth. They were primarily interested in outdoor activities such as hiking and exploring the Empire State Trail. 

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Take the 2023 NYSTIA DEAI Survey

As we continue our work in the NYSTIA Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiative, we ask you to participate in our new, brief survey. This survey delves into DEAI in our workplace, visitation, and marketing. Our goal is to assess our progress and future needs to support DEAI initiatives that will help all of us to grow our business.

This survey is designed to be shared: The more feedback we can get from the NYS tourism industry, the better!

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Member News

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2023 Erie Canalway Photo Contest Winners Announced!

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is pleased to announce the winners of its 18th Annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Judges selected first, second, and third place winners in four contest categories as well as 12 honorable mentions from a field of 314 entries. 

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Daniel Rickman Named SBA Director for Syracuse, NY

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Daniel T. Rickman the new district director of its Syracuse-Upstate New York District Office. Prior to assuming the District Director role, Rickman served in multiple capacities in the district over more than a decade, including most recently as Deputy District Director.

"Dan Rickman was a valuable resource to NYSTIA and its members making several presentations during the pandemic on relief programs and initiatives," states Bob Provost, President and CEO of NYSTIA. "I'm delighted to have such a good friend to the industry as the new district director."

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New York State Delegation Welcomes the 2025 Ryder Cup to Bethpage State Park

The Commissioner of New York State Parks Erik Kulleseid and Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Hope Knight are proud to lead a New York State delegation to officially welcome the Ryder Cup, golf’s pre-eminent event, to Bethpage State Park in 2025.

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New York State Feature in ROVA August/September Issue

New York State in the August/September issue of ROVA - The Magazine For Epic Road Trips had some rock star inclusions in both the Brewery and Fishing content features! Two New York breweries and two fishing locations were included.

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Upcoming Events

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Business Operations Summit

October 9 - 11

Event | Destinations International | Learn more

Featured Co-Ops:

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ITS2023: Sign Up Today for Alon Tourism Solutions' curated NYS Marketplace!

NYSTIA Exhibitor Co-Op: SOLD OUT

With opportunities to participate in the Alon Tourism Solutions curated NYS Marketplace at ITS2023, you can present your NYS destination or tourism business to key international and domestic inbound travel trade buyers!

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ROVA: The Magazine for Epic Road Trips

Reserve your space by October 13th and be sure to feature content adjacent to this issue's special content:

1) 3rd Annual State Park + Historic Site Destinations

2) Rock Climbing Content

This issue also includes bonus sponsored content: receive inclusion on a sponsored page in the park's section with a paragraph on a Park or Historic Site in your destination!

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Job Postings

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Marketing & Communications Manager,

Seneca Nation of Indians

The Seneca Nation of Indians is a Federally recognized tribe, located in Western New York. The Seneca Nation government currently employs over 2,000 people. The incumbent is responsible for keeping programs, partnerships, initiatives, and communications moving forward productively. They will assist and support the director’s mission and work with facilitation and operational support.

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Social Media Director/Operations Manager,

Content Studio @ Martinelli Custom Publishing

We are seeking a Social Media Director/Operations Manager for an established 20+ year content marketing and custom publishing company. to become an integral part of our team! You will coordinate and oversee the organization's daily operations.

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Take the 2023 Tourism Advocacy Survey | Share your DEAI Case Study

2024 Tourism Champions Agreement | Submit a Workshop Proposal

ITS2023 Exhibitor Package Available | 2023 Travel Show Schedule


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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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