Spending by tourists in Daviess County climbed 3% last year to $218.52 million, the Kentucky Department of Tourism said this week.
That represented a $6.31 million increase in money coming into the community.
“We’re the sixth-fastest growing county in the state” in terms of tourism, Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Thursday.
“We’re trending in the right direction,” he said.
Calitri said sports tournaments, O.Z. Tyler Distillery and the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum are all contributing to the increase.
Brand USA, the marketing agency for American tourism, is promoting Owensboro internationally as one of its Top 10 American music cities.