UTICA, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul has appointed Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky to the New York State Tourism Advisory Council to represent Oneida County and the Central New York I Love NY vacation region.
Blazosky has led the promotion of Oneida County as the “Getaway Region” since 2009, generating economic and social impacts through encouraging travel, per the announcement.
Oneida County Tourism attracts visitors through active public relations and strategic marketing across multiple industry sectors including leisure, meetings, sports, travel trade, and film/television production.
“Kelly is a well-respected and dynamic leader of Oneida County’s tourism industry and the greater Central New York Tourism Region,” Oneida County Tourism Board Chair Lee Arthur, general manager of Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica, said in a press release. “Her creative and proven expertise in destination marketing, not-for-profit management, and industry advocacy will be an asset to the Tourism Advisory Council. Our board of directors is honored and supports her appointment by Gov. Hochul.”
Under Blazosky’s leadership, the organization won awards for Excellence in Tourism Marketing and Recovery/Resurgence campaigns from the New York State Tourism Association as well as a national graphic-design award from Graphic Design USA.
The organization also received 10 Communicator Awards, a Telly Award for Brew Central’s web-video series, and a Brand and Integrated Marketing Award from the U.S. Travel Association.
“Oneida County and Central New York are blessed with an abundance of amazing natural assets, welcoming communities, and visitor experiences,” Blazosky said. “I’m honored to be appointed to the state’s Tourism Advisory Council and support the state’s tourism promotional efforts.”
In her 23-year career in the travel and tourism industry, Blazosky has served in numerous leadership roles in New York and Ohio. Her term on the council is effective until January 11, 2025.
The council consists of appointed tourism professionals committed to supporting the state’s tourism industry and advising the state’s Division of Tourism to help encourage economic growth through visitation.