Last week, the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau approved an $815,480 budget that anticipates a 3.66% increase in revenue from its tax on hotel rooms.
The 2019-2020 fiscal year looks very good, Kyle Aud, board chairman, said after the meeting.
Mark Calitri, CVB president, said the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs will be here in July, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will return in January and the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association will be here in April.
The Kentucky Public Procurement Association is slated to meet in Owensboro in October 2020, he said.
Calitri said Kentucky is highlighting 2020 as the “Year of Music.”
That should help bring more people to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum and other music venues like Friday After 5, he said.
Brand USA, which promotes U.S. tourism in other countries, has named Owensboro one of its Top 10 American music cities and is already promoting it to international travelers.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Hall of Fame, said earlier that the Hall is planning three or four outdoor bluegrass shows downtown starting in 2020.
Visit Owensboro is the official destination marketing organization for Owensboro and Daviess County Kentucky. www.visitowensboro.com Mark Calitri serves as President/CEO.