OSWEGO – One of the state’s newest tourism websites, www.discoverupstateny.com, was recently recognized at the NYSTIA Awards for its efforts to keep tourism alive by alerting, updating and informing visitors of the pandemic’s restrictions, from its lockdown to its reopening.
Discover Upstate NY (DUNY) received the Global Tourism Marketing Excellence Award from a private sector entity. The website features more than 2,900 attractions, including hundreds of restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions and historic sites, and focuses on family entertainment and adventure tourism in towns and regions of northern New York State.
The 2021 New York State Tourism Awards of Excellence recognized work done under conditions of crisis during the 2020 pandemic year, officials said, as destination marketing organizations, museums , attractions and other tourism-related businesses came together 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 at Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism and Josiah Brown, president of the Board of Directors of the New York State Tourism Industry Association. .
“Each year at these awards, I am amazed at the creativity, commitment and innovation shown by tourism professionals across the state,” said Brown. “But the work done in 2020 was not only good, or even great … sometimes it reached the level of heroic.”
The New York State Tourism Excellence Awards are presented by an impartial jury of industry experts under the auspices of the New York State Tourism Industry Association. Nominations increased 250% from 2019 and judges were challenged by both the volume and caliber of nominations.
“DUNY and our dedicated team of writers, graphic designers, technical advisors, photographers, social media experts and copywriters are honored and thrilled to receive this prestigious award from such a distinguished tourism association as NYSTIA,” said David Granoff, of Oswego, who is the editor, director and visionary of DUNY. “We have worked hard to spread awareness of the many fantastic attractions and opportunities available to travelers, and our website, maps and social media platforms provide comprehensive and useful resources for visitors of all ages to enjoy the beauty. , the excitement and fun that the great state of New York has to offer.
Granoff noted that his team includes writer and content writer Debra Lupien Denny of North Syracuse; Social media expert, Charmaine Daniels from Albany; Blog editor, Theresa Farrell of Cohoes; and graphic designers and web specialists Keith Calveric and Andrew Pushlar of KCNY Design, Syracuse.
COVID-19 presented a disproportionate challenge to the tourism industry, and tourism-related or dependent businesses were among the most affected due to COVID regulations and restrictions. As a result, professionals in the tourism industry have shifted their efforts in new directions, supporting local residents and supporting local businesses, while seizing the opportunity to meet unprecedented health and safety guidelines. special needs of travelers.
“Working collaboratively within the New York State tourism community allows you to network with some of the best minds, most experienced people and innovative thought leaders in the global tourism industry,” said Bob Provost, president of the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA). “The individuals, campaigns, initiatives and projects honored are world class. I am honored by their accomplishments and their service to their communities in 2020. ”
Discover Upstate NY offers 58 unique, charming and fun cities, officials said, in eight of Upstate NY’s regions on its website highlighting its attractions, restaurants, accommodations and more to potential visitors.
The list includes: Albany, Alexandria Bay, Andes, Auburn, Batavia, Beacon, Binghamton, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Canastota, Cazenovia, Chautauqua, Chittenango, Clayton, Cold Spring,
Cooperstown, Corning, Cortland, Fair Haven, Fairport, Fredonia, Geneseo, Genève, Glens Falls, Henderson, Herkimer, Hudson, Inlet, Irondequoit, Ithaca, Jamestown, Kingston, Lake George, Lake Placid, Little Falls,
Lockport, Lowville, Margaretville, Mayville, New Paltz, Niagara Falls, Old Forge, Oswego, Palmyra, Penn Yan, Peterboro, Poughkeepsie, Pulaski, Rochester
Rome, Sackets Harbor, Saranac Lake, Saratoga Springs, Saugerties, Schenectady, Seneca Falls, Skaneateles, Sleepy Hollow, Sodus Bay, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Watertown, Watkins Glen, White Plains and Woodstock.