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DUNY Captures the Spotlight

The www.discoverupstateny.com  website was recognized at the annual NYSTIA awards ceremony on May 6, 2021 for its vigorous and committed efforts in keeping tourism alive by alerting, updating and advising visitors about restrictions of the pandemic, and received the following commendation:


"Award of Excellence in Overall Tourism Marketing by a Private Sector Entity" 

Press releases across NY media also acknowledged the award, including the Oswego County Business Magazine

The 2021 New York State Tourism Excellence Award acknowledges the work done in crisis conditions during the 2020 pandemic year. Destination marketing organizations, museums, attractions, and other tourism related businesses gathered virtually to honor the efforts of their peers. The event was presented as a webcast from the New York State Museum co-hosted by Ross Levi, Vice President / Executive Director of Tourism (ILOVENY) at Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism and Josiah Brown, Board Chair of the New York State Tourism Industry Association.

“Each year at these awards I am amazed at the creativity, commitment and innovation demonstrated by tourism professionals across the state," reflected Brown. “But the work done in 2020 wasn't just good, or even great… at times it rose to the level of heroic."

The New York State Tourism Excellence Awards are juried by an impartial panel of industry experts under the auspices of the New York State Tourism Industry Association. Nominations were up 250% vs 2019 and the judges were challenged by both the volume and the caliber of the entries.

'Our services are seen across the State and across the Web, and DUNY wishes to thank all those responsible for its content and marketing including our Creative Content Editor, Deb Denny, Social Media Coordinator, Charmaine Daniels, Blog Writer Teresa Farrell, Technical Team Keith Calveric & Drew Pushlar of KCNY Designs, Inc in Cicero NY, Chief Editor Dave Granoff - and the leaders of NYSTIA including NYSTIA President Bob Provost , and Josiah Brown, Chair of the NYSTIA selection committee - for making this possible and for their continued efforts in guiding and inspiring our tourism project.'

About the New York State Tourism Industry Association:

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) advances economic growth, job creation, community revitalization, quality of life and pride of place by realizing the potential of New York State's tourism industry and facilitating the success of its members. NYSTIA offers collaborative initiatives, research, legislative awareness, and exceptional marketing. www.nystia.org