Partner of the Year × Industry Advancement × Tourism Trailblazer × Tourism Legacy

LONG ISLAND, NY (October 31, 2017) ­–  Discover Long Island is thrilled to announce the winners of the region’s first-ever Tourism Awards in the categories: Partner of the Year, Industry Advancement, Tourism Trailblazer and Tourism Legacy. As part of the organization’s efforts to champion the tourism industry, the following honorees will be recognized at the Inaugural Tourism Awards Gala taking place Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at The Fox Hollow in Woodbury.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce the first recipients of the Long Island Tourism Awards,” said Kristen Jarnagin, President & CEO, Discover Long Island.  “These outstanding individuals are setting new benchmarks within the tourism community, which has become an essential economic driver for our region. We are looking forward to honoring them and celebrating the successes of our industry at the Inaugural Tourism Awards Gala next month.”

2017 Tourism Award honorees include:

Partner of the Year Award – PSAV

Industry Advancement Award – Global Center for Hospitality Management at New York Institute of Technology

Tourism Trailblazer Award – Governor Cuomo for the Long Island Welcome Center and Taste NY Market

Tourism Legacy Award – Gloria Rocchio, President of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization

The Inaugural Tourism Awards Gala will bring together the leaders in Long Island’s tourism industry to celebrate the people, products and promotions that contributed to a successful 2017. Registration and sponsorship opportunities have limited availability. For event registration and additional details, please visit


Discover Long Island was established in 1978 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination’s travel and tourism industry. The organization contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events and related activities. For more information, please call 631-951-3900 or visit