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Anthony J. Strianese Award

Formerly known as the Hospitality Excellence Award, the Anthony J. Strianese Award or The Toby is the only honor developed solely to recognize excellence in travel and tourism and represents the best of Albany's hospitality culture. As a member of our board for four terms, and chair of the Hospitality Excellence Award committee, Professor Toby Strianese helped craft that message and helped assure that each and every honoree met the criteria and spirit of the award. Strianese was a dedicated educator at Schenectady County Community College, and during his tenure there, he helped grow the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism significantly. Toby Strianese passed away in 2015, but his legacy lives on with all of us as we pursue Hospitality Excellence in our community.

Nomination Form

The recognition of travel business as an integral part of this region's economy continues to grow, so do the efforts of the people, businesses and organizations who plan and execute programs which make a difference to our industry. While there are many regional awards, none is devoted solely to the travel industry. This award will continue to honor travel and hospitality "entities" for the role that the industry and its leaders play in our regional economy.


The Anthony J. Strianese Award (formerly Hospitality Excellence Award), is awarded annually to a person; and/or an organization; who has successfully hosted a special event that attracts visitors. If the nominee is an event, it must have already taken place, but can be a one-time event. The nominee does not have to be a Bureau member.

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