NYSTIA WinnersWatkins Glen, NY - The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) recognized individuals and organizations for their high level of excellence and accomplishments in New York State’s tourism industry at the 2017 Tourism Excellence Awards Dinner, held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Glen Club of Watkins Glen International.

Listed below are the 2017 Tourism Excellence Awards winners:

Excellence in Tourism Marketing

Private Sector Effort

Animal Adventure Park, Harpursville, NY

“April the Giraffe” Multi-Media Marketing Campaign


Excellence in Tourism Marketing

Statewide Effort

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York State Parks Social Media Program


Excellence in Tourism Marketing

Regional Effort

Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo Niagara Garden Tourism Initiative


Excellence in Tourism Marketing

County Effort

Sullivan County Visitors Association, Ferndale, NY

“Sullivan Catskills - Experience the Good Life” Multi-Media Campaign


Cultural Heritage Award – Small Budget Entity

Wayne County Office of Tourism, Lyons, NY

Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour


Cultural Heritage Award – Large Budget Entity

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

PASTIME: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Online Collection


Visitor Services Award

Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo, NY

Visit Buffalo Niagara University


Excellence in Leadership

Kelly Rapone, Tourism Director

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Batavia, NY


Excellence in Tourism Economic Development

New York Power Authority Niagara Power Project, Lewiston, NY

Niagara Power Vista & Discover Niagara Shuttle


Partner in Tourism – Business or Association


Mary Jo Savino, Operator, Corning, NY


Partner in Tourism – Individual

Harvey Botzman, Rochester, NY

New York Bicycling Coalition


Excellence in Service

For Service as NYSTIA Board Treasurer 2014-2017

Andrew Nixon, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau


NYSTIA President and CEO, Jill Delaney, states, “As the fourth largest employer in the State of New York, the tourism industry continues to grow and evolve, leading to ever more impressive accomplishments. We are honored to have a night set aside to recognize the successes of our industry innovators with the goal of inspiring creativity and passion throughout New York State’s tourism industry.”

2017 recipients were presented with trophies, sponsored by AAA Magazines. Meredith Travel Marketing provided a reception for the honorees and attendees, followed by the dinner, hosted by Advance Media New York.  

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (www.nystia.org) is a statewide membership based organization for travel and tourism related businesses. NYSTIA is a 501c6, New York State not-for-profit Corporation engaged in the business of advocacy, leadership, marketing and professional development.


Photo credit: Clark CSM Marketing Communications

Contact:  Jill Delaney

888-698-2970, jill@nystia.org


Note to editors: Additional honoree/award details posted with this release at www.nystia.org/news/2017tourismawards