The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) Education Foundation has purchased $10,000 worth of protective face masks to distribute to essential workers in tourism across New York. Teaming up with 16 different Convention & Visitors Bureaus throughout the state, over 9,000 masks have begun being distributed to each respective tourism community as of yesterday.

The NYSH&TA’s decision came shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order for all people to wear face coverings when out in public. Discover Albany is one of the partnering bureaus, distributing face masks to Albany’s essentials workers in hotels.

“In this time of need, NYSH&TA’s Education Foundation is proud to stand side-by-side with its regional tourism partners to support the industry in any way possible. We understand the need for proper protection for essential employees in the hospitality and tourism community and strive to ensure the safety of these workers,” said Mark Dorr, NYSH&TA President.

“Discover Albany is grateful to the Board of Directors and leadership of NYSH&TA for making this generous donation of masks, and for giving our organization the opportunity to support our hotel partners in the process. As essential businesses, hotel staff are supporting those other businesses who need to continue their vital work by providing safe and comfortable lodging, and as such, we are happy to be able to offer another level of protection to them,” said Jill Delaney, president & CEO of Discover Albany.

The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, the oldest state lodging association in the country, states that their mission is to lead and protect the New York State hospitality and tourism industry by providing advocacy, education, and resources. The association accounts for over 1,100 members from nearly all segments of the tourism industry including hotels, motels, resorts, conference centers, country inns, bed & breakfast establishments, reservation service organizations, amusement parks, attractions, museums, ski areas, recreational facilities, historical sites, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, hospitality students and suppliers to the industry.