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April 25, 2023

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Thank You For

Joining Us In Oswego!

On behalf of the board and staff of the New York State Tourism Industry Association, we would like to thank the 212 registered attendees who joined us in Oswego, New York at the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference, for coming together once again to share stories, insights, and excitement for the future of New York State's tourism. With your support and participation, this was the best-attended Conference in NYSTIA history!

We also extend our gratitude to our partners, presenters, the team at our host hotels the Best Western Plus Oswego Event & Conference Center and the Clarion Hotel & Suites Riverfront (shout out to George Broadwell and Michele Donegan!), and our market host Oswego County Tourism (thank you, Phil Church, David Turner, Daniel Breitweg, Lisa Gray & team!) for their hospitality and for organizing the fantastic 'Experience Oswego' offsite and welcome reception on Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to our presenting partners Rove and Mower for sharing their expertise during our Wednesday morning workshops, and for their generous support of NYSTIA programming. Ross Levi and his colleagues at I LOVE NY/ESD once again provided us with a terrific overview of 'the state of the industry' and the supportive work being done to assist us in growth and recovery.

A special shout-out to Susan Green and her team at Paperkite!

Susan's inspiration to deploy a video crew and studio and work with conference attendees to create a mini-documentary on careers in tourism and hospitality was the highlight of Thursday evening's banquet!

Thank you, one and all,

- Bob Provost

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In This Newsletter:

2023 NYS Tourism Conference:

  • Thank You for Joining Us in Oswego!
  • Photos coming soon

Tourism Excellence Awards:

  • Deadline Extended to May 12

Travel Show Recap:

  • Ottawa Valley Outdoor Adventure & Sportsman Show

Member News:

  • Warren County Hires New Tourism Director
  • Key Takeaways from Destination Analysts' April 12 State of the American Traveler

Webinars & Events:

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


  • NYS Virtual Consumer Travel Show on TravelGuidesFree.com
  • Miles Partnership: Audit Your Destination!

Job Postings:

  • President, The Commissary

📸 More NYSTC23 Photos Coming Soon!

Travel Show Recap: Ottawa Valley Outdoor Adventure & Sport Show

NYSTIA exhibited at the Ottawa Valley Outdoor Adventure & Sportsman's Show at the Petawawa Civic Center in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 22nd and 23rd. This was the inaugural year of the event, and the first time we implemented our completely new travel show booth with the backdrop and kiosk!

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Member News

All News


The Deadline for the 2023 NYS Tourism Excellence Awards has been EXTENDED to Friday, May 12! We will be announcing a new category highlighting international tourism - stay tuned for details and keep preparing your nominations!

Nominate Now!

Warren County Hires New Tourism Director

The Warren County Board of Supervisors has hired experienced tourism executive Heather Bagshaw to serve as Warren County's new Director of Tourism. Ms. Bagshaw comes to Warren County after recent stints working with hospitality agencies in Greene County, NY, where she served as the county's Director of Tourism, and Niagara Falls. 

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Key Takeaways from Destination Analysts' April 12th State of the American Traveler

NYSTIA Marketing Analyst Ryan Maercklein provides an update on the Destination Analysts' April 12th Update on the State of the American Traveler, highlighting changing traveler sentiment, the effects of inflation on travel, and travelers' pet peeves.

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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

NYS Virtual Consumer Travel Show on TravelGuidesFree.com

NYSTIA Travel Guide pages provide travelers with NYSTIA member content, images, and insights to inspire travel planning and drive visitation! Travelers request digital and/or print guides and click out to your website for more information.

Lock in low $1.35 per lead rate and added-value benefits for a 3 to 12-month 2023 period, and 200 to 2,000 leads per month.

Learn more & Sign Up!

Miles Partnership: Destination Optimization Program

Improve the quality of your market's organic representation across major travel search and planning products like Google, Yelp, and TripAdvisor. Audit your destination to determine how visitors are searching and uncover what they find when they do!

Learn more & Sign Up!

Job Postings

All Jobs

President, The Commissary

The President of The Commissary will oversee the strategic vision for driving the growth of a dynamic and innovative food incubator program. This role is multifaceted - the President will directly support emerging food businesses and translate this experience into strategic plans developed with the Board of Managers and other key partners. 

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Advancing economic growth, community revitalization, small business success, job creation, quality of life and pride of place by realizing the potential of New York State's tourism industry and facilitating the success of NYSTIA members.

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

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